Canada Still Exports E-Waste to Developing Countries
The Basel Action Network (BAN) recently released the results of a year-long study, revealing that Canadian e-waste is still being exported to developing countries. 43 pieces of computing equipment marked with GPS trackers were handed to official collection depots and processors across Canada. A shocking 16% of these devices were exported out of the country.
This news is a major concern for the health of our planet. Dumping e-waste in developing countries can have catastrophic consequences. Improperly processed waste can release harmful materials into the environment to contaminate soil, water and air around the world. All e-waste should be handled correctly to limit the exposure and ensure proper processing. Read the study in full on BAN’s website.
You can help by choosing reputable e-recyclers for your devices. You can also help by supporting the Basel Ban Amendment, which forbids the illegal exportation of hazardous waste to developing countries. The Basel Ban Amendment needs the support of two more countries before it is implemented and Canada could be one of those supporting countries.
Greentec believes wholeheartedly in the importance of the circular economy, recovering and repurposing wherever possible. You can trust that under no circumstances does Greentec ship waste to developing countries, making it a responsible choice for e-waste recycling.
Do your part by choosing a responsible electronic recycler for your obsolete or unwanted devices and IT equipment. Request a quote from Greentec and find out how we can help with your e-waste needs!