"Where do our discarded computers,
monitors, keyboards, inkjet cartridges, toner cartridges
and printers go? Ideally, they should all be recycled and the materials should find their way back into the new products.
However, what really happens is that about 80 percent of electronic waste gets exported to the Third World countries where
it turns into an environmental nightmare.
One such place importing electronic waste is Guiyu, China shown in this
picture taken by Behring-Chishlom from Greenpeace. "Guiyu, China, literally takes my breath away," wrote Tricia
Judge."While standing in front of a pile of discarded toner cartridges nearly as tall as I am, I struggle with the smoke
from a nearby melting operation. It burns my eyes and throat, making breathing laborious. Less than a hundred feet away, 'e-waste'
is being burned, and a white, fog-like cloud of smoke envelops everything, limiting visibility." Reprinted from Softmedia.