Basel Action Network reports large quantities of electronic waste exported from US & Europe to Africa - potentially toxic chemicals often dumped improperly

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24 October 2005

main press page: "The Digital Dump: Exporting Re-Use and Abuse to Africa"

Author: Basel Action Network

[links to Press Release, Executive Summary, Summary of Findings, Media version of report, List of asset tags, List of experts to contact in Nigeria, Data Left on Hard Drives, Photos, Film]

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24 October 2005

[PDF] full report: "The Digital Dump: Exporting Re-use and Abuse to Africa"

Author: Jim Puckett, Sarah Westervelt, Richard Gutierrez & Yuka Takamiya, Basel Action Network

...[Because] of widespread usage of toxic chemicals in today's high-tech equipment...most...electronic wastes are hazardous wastes... [Much] of the growth in the information technology (IT) sector in developing countries has been fueled by the importation of hand-me-down, used equipment from rich, developed countries... BAN's latest investigation in Lagos, Nigeria, a new hotbed of high-tech growth...reveals...a growing environmental and health disaster... While supposedly closing the "digital divide," we are opening a "digital dump."... The following is a partial list of brand names of imported computers, copy machines, and high-tech peripherals found in the markets, warehouses and dumps of Lagos: AEG, Agfa, Apple, Compaq [part of HP], Dell, Epson [part of Seiko], Gateway, Hewlett-Packard [HP], IBM, Panasonic [part of Matsushita], Pitney-Bowes, Ricoh, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba. [also refers to Intel]

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24 October 2005

[PDF] High-Tech Toxic Trash Exported to Africa - USA and Europe Creating a “Digital Dump” from “Re-Use and Repair” Trade

Author: Basel Action Network

A new investigation by the toxic trade watchdog organization, Basel Action Network (BAN), has revealed that large quantities of obsolete computers, televisions, mobile phones, and other used electronic equipment exported from USA and Europe to Lagos, Nigeria for “re-use and repair” are ending up gathering dust in warehouses or being dumped and burned near residences in empty lots, roadsides and in swamps creating serious health and environmental contamination from the toxic leachate and smoke.

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