We all use cell phones, tablets, DVD players, and desktop computers. These are just a few electronic items that we employ in our every day lives – however – have you ever thought about where these things end up when we throw them in the trash? Check out the above map to find out!
Canada generated 860,000 tonnes of e-waste in 2012. Toxic chemicals in electronics products can leach into the land over time or are released into the atmosphere, impacting nearby communities and the environment. By 2017, the volume of discarded e-products worldwide is expected to be 33 per cent higher than in 2012 and weigh the equivalent of eight of the Great Pyramids of Egypt.
E-waste is routinely exported by developed countries to developing ones, often in violation of the international law. Most of this illegally exported e-waste comes from the United States, Europe, and Asia.
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