Source: International Telecommunication Union (ITU), “Measuring the Information Society Report 2017 - Volume 1” . *ITU estimate.
In 2015, the number of active mobile phones overcame the number of human beings on planet Earth. This figure is representative of an actual situation in which thousands of tons of electronic products are daily placed in the market, substit uting the old ones. As a consequence, the amount of electronic waste is dramatically increasing while Europe is losing competitiveness in its management. What can’t be handled in our Continent is sent outside the borders to be treated in developing Countries where the cost of the labor is cheaper and the local environmental legislation is often poor.
Here the waste is burst in order to extract the metals contained in components such as waste printed circuit boards. By this way a triple negative effect is caused: 1. For the environment, which is continuously poisoned by the fumes produced; 2. For the workers breathing those fumes; 3. For the economy of the states.
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