eWaste damaging environment in West Africa

Domestic consumption is main contributor to Africa's e-Waste

One hundred million tons of so-called eWaste is damaging the natural environment in West Africa….that's according to a report published by the UN's environment agency, UNEP.

A wide range of equipment, from fridges to computers and televisions, is being dumped…it's then scavenged by people looking for valuable parts they can sell on.

Most of it originates from the region, but significant amounts of broken or obsolete equipment is imported from developed countries.

On the line to Nigeria, Patrick Maigua asked Professor Oladele Osibanjo, the Africa region Director of the Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Training and Technology Transfer, about the report.

Duration: 1'56"

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