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World’s Largest E-Waste Dumping Ground Facing Serious Environmental Threats



World's Largest E Waste Dumping Ground Facing Serious Environmental Threats

Agbogbloshie, a small neighborhood in Accra, the capital of Ghana, has become the world’s largest dumping ground for electronic waste, according to a report by National Geographic. The site is overflowing with discarded computers, smartphones, and other electronic devices, posing significant environmental and health risks to the local community.

Greenpeace estimates that 250,000 tons of electronic waste are shipped to Agbogbloshie each year from around the world. The informal recycling practices in the area have been causing serious pollution and contamination of the soil, air, and water sources. The burning of electronic waste to extract valuable metals leads to toxic fumes, which have been linked to respiratory problems and other health issues among the residents.

Major tech companies like Dell and Hewlett-Packard have been criticized for their involvement in the e-waste trade. Investigations by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have revealed that some of the discarded devices found in Agbogbloshie still contain hazardous chemicals that can harm both humans and the environment.

The plight of Agbogbloshie gained international attention after a documentary by BBC shed light on the dire conditions faced by the local community. The film showcased the struggles of young individuals who make a living by scavenging for valuable metals amid the toxic surroundings.

Efforts are being made to address the environmental and health hazards posed by Agbogbloshie. The EPA is working with local authorities to enhance waste management practices and enforce stricter regulations on the import and recycling of electronic waste. International organizations and NGOs, like Greenpeace, are advocating for responsible e-waste disposal and urging technology companies to take more responsibility for the entire lifecycle of their products.

Rachel Adams

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