E-waste: Third World versus Linear Economy
Ben Hallam | April 2020 | Editorial
The consistent disposing of common electronic hardware products in Europe and the United States has created a significant world health concern. The excessive amounts of e-waste are damaging the earth and may be responsible for the growing commonality of cancer.
According to the EETimes, “U.S. households are spending an average of $1,200 a year on electronic gadgets” and “The average home has 25 consumer-electronic devices”. The majority of these products owned by each American household will be discarded into waste. Not to mention, this number is not including the hardware wasted by large companies and corporations. Where does that waste go? Much of the United States’ e-waste is dumped into an under-privileged territory in Africa, Agbogbloshie.