e-waste tragedy: making a difference
As regular readers will know I am passionate about the subject of the recycling of toxic electronic waste in the developing world, sometimes referred to as Backyard Recycling.
This man made tragedy is based on the often illegal shipment of e-waste to developing countries from the developed world, and the harmful results of uncontrolled recycling, often carried out by the young. As a result, the levels of lead in the blood stream of young children is causing widespread harm, including damage to the brain.
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However, I am delighted to say that this week, at the Electronica Trade Fair in Munich, Premier Farnell launched its pledge to help stop inadequately controlled e-waste recycling.
A four point commitment includes:
- Raising awareness globally around the issue of e-waste recycling in developing countries, and the subsequent harm to human health and the environment
- Educating locally by providing financial support and training materials, over the next 3 years, to train 500 teachers and therefore address 250,000 students on the hazards of lead poisoning, and how to avoid it.
- Lobby for change around the introduction and / or ratification of legislation, such as variations on the European Union’s RoHS and WEEE Directives.
- Make a difference by setting up a trust with widespread industry representation that will drive relevant projects forward at pace.
I will be providing further details shortly but if you would like to know more about the trust please visit www.premierfarnell.com/pledge and register your interest.