Action needed now to stop human health and environmental disasters

Overview Computer electronic waste (e-waste) is the swiftest growing solid waste stream in the world. It is one of the highest problematic  components of the solid waste streams in urban areas [1]. It is a risk to human health and the environment because of the hazardous nature of its contents. The voluminous  computer e-waste generated creates a  major disposal management challenge especially in the low-income countries of the world. Information on  how  these  countries are disposing of their computer e-waste is lacking. It is also not   clear  how   knowledgeable consumers  and marketplace  actors in e-waste uphold the potential human health and environmental hazards presented by unsustainable  disposal management  approaches  for this type of waste. This study was conceived to generate information on the same. This policy  brief identifies the computer  e-waste disposal management approaches; determines the potential  effects on human health and environment; evaluates the level of public awareness  on potential effects on human health; and possible planning, policy and regulatory interventions for sustainable computer e-waste disposal in the public institutions,  private companies and households.

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