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[PDF] full report: "Toxic Tech - Pulling the Plug on Dirty Electronics"

Author: Greenpeace, Published on: 1 May 2005

The world’s booming consumption of electronic and electrical goods has created a corresponding explosion in electronic scrap containing toxic, persistent chemicals and heavy metals...Every year, hundreds of thousands of old computers and mobile phones are dumped in landfills or burned in smelters. Thousands more are exported, often illegally, from the European Union, United States, Japan and other industrialised countries, to Asia. There,workers at scrap yards, some of whom are children, are exposed to a cocktail of toxic chemicals and poisons when they break the products apart.

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Related companies: Apple Dell Fujitsu Fujitsu Siemens (part of Fujitsu) HP (Hewlett-Packard) IBM LG Electronics (part of LG Corp.) Matsushita (now Panasonic) Motorola Nokia Panasonic Samsung Siemens Sony Sony Ericsson (joint venture Sony & Ericsson) Toshiba