Electronic waste being dumped in Asia

E-waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in developed as well as in developing countries. Photo: UNEP (file)

Up to 90 per cent of the world’s electronic or E-waste, worth nearly US$19 billion, is illegally traded or dumped each year, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

In Asia, China, Hong Kong, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Viet Nam appear to bear the brunt of illegal E-waste shipments.

Organised crime syndicates are also becoming more involved in the illegal trade as regulators look at measures to stop it.

Christian Nellemann is a senior officer with GRID in Norway, a UN partner organization.

Cathrine Hasselberg asked him about the issues concerning the dumping of E-waste.

Duration: 3'47"

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