In addition, in the US, between 50 and 80 percent of e-waste is sent to poor countries.
This problem is further exacerbated by the fact that many US states are now banning e-waste from landfills states Markoff in an article in the New York Times. Worldwide, the UN estimates that between 20 and 50 million tons of e-waste is generated every year.
This treaty was ratified in 1992 by 149 countries; however, it was not signed by the U.
S, which means that enforcement of this treaty is scant, according to a report by the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition and Basel Action Network.
Currently, many countries are implementing laws that mandate switching from analogue to digital television broadcasting, further accelerating the rate at which people dispose off their old televisions.
This is clearly a serious problem if the e-waste cannot be recycled properly.
In many poor countries, even those who have signed the Basel Convention, e-waste is handled improperly.
It is possible to gather statistics on e-waste; however, the true scale of the problem may not be known.
According to the US National Safety Council, 315 million computers were rendered useless between 19.
First, the scale of the problem will be revealed and secondly, specific case studies in the aforementioned countries will be discussed including the effects on workers and the environment.