Sometime last year, I wrote a post about the disposal of used cars in developing countries, in which I proposed that automobile companies like Toyota should be following up their scrap cars in developing countries with an aim of either recycling them or properly disposing them. I am of the view that the manufacturers themselves have the best capability to do these kinds of jobs. Today, a friend of mine shared with me an eye-opening Basel Action Network (BAN) documentary which shows how the trade in toxic e-waste leaves the poorer people of the world with an untenable choice between poverty and poison, a choice that nobody should have to make. This documentary also suggests the best ways for dealing with e-waste in the developed world without exporting it to developing countries.
The photo below shows a young woman in Guiyu, China, cleaning fish in the exact place where imported electronic waste is also cleaned and processed. Guiyu is one of the areas that have been heavily affected by imported e-waste.