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70% global e-waste flowing into China

Did you ever think he lost those old laptop or cell phone to where? Electronic waste you are likely to end up in China. According to a recent United Nations report, "China now seems to have become the world's largest electronic trash. "
70% global e-waste flowing into China
e-waste include waste TV sets, refrigerators, air conditioners, as well as in your cupboards of dusty old desktop computers. Many of these electronics were originally manufactured in China, and in a strange way in the global economy, returned to China "roots".
"according to United Nations data, global e-waste around 70% eventually went to China. "Regulations, said a spokesman for the Beijing Office of Greenpeace," a lot of electronic waste entered China through illegal channels. United Nations Convention specifically prohibits electronic waste from the United States that developed country to China and Viet Nam and other countries. "
the past 10 years, located in Shantou city, Guangdong Province, China's main manufacturing region of Guiyu has been dealing with e-waste centers. Hundreds of thousands of people into the disassembly of electronic waste in the local expert.
first came here, every street you can see workers sat on the sidewalk outside the shop, with a hammer and drill bit broke appliances. Guiyu listed on the road with bundles of plastic, wire, cable, and other waste products. Different parts may be categorized according to its values and resale. Decorated with green and gold on a Street Circuit Board, another Street is a desktop computer's metal case.
sometimes, where it seems that workers in the harvest plastic "crop", especially when the girls stood by the roadside, knee deep rake pick lucky piece of plastic "fields".
in the factory, workers cut a sack of a sack of this plastic piece, then pour into a VAT of liquid, then sometimes stirred by hand with a shovel, a pot of artificial materials.
"we sell these plastic Foxconn. "One of the workers said. Taiwan Foxconn for many of the world's electronics companies, including Apple, Dell and HP supply.
This may be the world's largest informal e-waste recycling activities. In a family-owned landfill, workers appear to be good at the plastic from old television sets and sorted into a different basket of scrap cars. "If you have a hole in the plastic cup, and you will throw it away. "Head, pointing to a pink plastic cups says," then we recover, go to sell. "
Apple, Hewlett-Packard's" high-tech trash "bring environmental disaster
but in Guiyu, recycling is a dirty, dangerous job. "Recovery if done right, is good for the environment. "Beijing regulations, said a spokesman for Greenpeace," but according to the original method of recovery, like we see in China's e-waste treatment, that would cause enormous damage to the local environment. "
April 2013 issued by the United Nations report of the e-waste in China, due to a massive e-waste processing industry, Guiyu is suffering from" environmental disaster ".
reports that many toxic pollution from the burning of circuit boards, plastic and copper wire, or to extract valuable metals such as copper and steel, while the use of hydrochloric acid cleaning. Garbage factory to do, will not only lead, beryllium and toxic heavy metals such as cadmium poisoning workers and pollutes the environment, also releases hydrocarbons into the air, water and soil.
foreigners arrived in Guiyu, eyes and nostrils because of irritation and a feeling of intense burning. Shantou University medical school study revealed that Guiyu many children after testing found that the blood lead level is higher than average. High blood lead levels can damage the brain and central nervous system development.
billions of "high-tech trash" was dumped in the dirt outside the town. Buffalo grass and swimming pond, surrounded by piles of HP, IBM and Dell, Epson and other brands of electronic components. Large animal sometimes stepping over the piles of glass. These glass pieces of apparently was removed from the video surveillance.
flat-panel displays are often used very poisonous metal mercury. Greenpeace in a statement called the toxic technology said in a report: "disassemble flat-panel displays and other devices, which can lead to mercury spill. Incineration or landfill will cause the release of mercury into the environment ... ... They accumulate in the food chain, especially among the fish. "
workers in the industry of electronic waste in Guiyu, mostly working personnel from the poor areas of China and their low level of education. Many of them played down potential damage to the health of the industry.
in the interview, they would only give their first names. "Of course, this is not healthy. "A woman surnamed Lu said. She soon the plastic fragments from computer keyboards, remote controls and even out of the mouse and other devices. She and her colleagues used lighters and torches to burn plastic, in order to distinguish between the different types of materials. "But some people have lived here for generations ... ... Have little effect on their health. "She said.
several workers said that although working hard, but more freedom than working on the Assembly line in a factory. Young people work in factories, are not free to walk, working time arrangements is very strict.
local e-waste is growing
environmental degradation, toxic gas filled the air, in the eyes of many people in Guiyu, situation has greatly improved in recent days. Wang, 20, said: "when you remember that in 2007, the first time I came here and saw garbage into the river. "He put a bundle of electronic waste in a motorcycle trailer. "In the past, washing metals, burning things, will cause serious damage to human lungs. But are closely monitored by the Government. "
However, not local residents engaged in e-waste industry, pollution of Guiyu have completely different views. A group of farmers from neighboring Guangxi Province, rice moved to Guiyu, they dare not drink the local water. They say that well water is washing, the color will turn yellow. Leaders claiming to be surnamed Zhou admitted another shocking fact. "We dare not eat their own species of rice, there is pollution everywhere. "He pointed at the side of the rice fields said.
ask him who eats out of rice, weeks answered: "How do I know? Many are sold ... ... They dare not give rice labeled "Guiyu grown" label. They will write up from somewhere else. "
it is also not surprising. In May, officials in Guangzhou found that excessive cadmium in rice and rice products. But the local Government did not specify how these contaminated rice entered the food supply chain in the city.
However, Guiyu Government seems to be trying to restrict foreign waste, reducing e-waste flows. "Why don't they stop spam now arrived? "A plastics sorting plant man wondered," this of course will do harm to our business. "
from 2009 to 2011, the Government pilot project" home appliance trade-in "program, regulation electronic waste treatment has been successful. With the help of government subsidies, the project has collected tens of millions of discarded household appliances.
but the United Nations also warned that although the Chinese Government succeeded in limiting the entry of foreign garbage smuggling, but rapidly increasing number of China-made electronic waste. UN report says: "because of technical and economic development, China's domestic e-waste has increased. "The figures quoted in the report, in the past 16 years, China's sales of television sets, refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners and computers grow exponentially.
in order to avoid production and household appliances led the vicious cycle of Greenpeace lobbying manufacturers, using less toxic chemicals in production. The organization also frequently change cell phones, tablets and computers of consumers, put forward a proposal.
"think of your mobile phone or device to where? "Greenpeace activists said regulations," when you want to change your mobile phone or buy a new product, don't forget you make footprints on the planet. ” BACK