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[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, Published on: 24 October 2005
...[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]