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UN urges Ghana to support recycling sector to tackle e-waste

Michael Malakata | July 24, 2013
E-waste is a growing problem on the continent.

In Southern Africa, only South Africa has recycling plants while in East Africa, only Kenya has a recycling plant.

The careless disposal of obsolete electronic equipment can cause significant health and environmental risks. E-waste can contain hazardous substances, including heavy metals such as mercury and lead, and endocrine-disrupting substances such brominated flame retardants.

According to last year's U.N. Environmental Program (UNEP) report, although the use of electrical and electronic equipment is still low in Africa compared to other regions, it is growing at a staggering pace as more people start using mobile phones and personal computers.

 

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