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Gartner: developing countries at risk of becoming e-waste dumping ground

Posted on Wednesday, July 01 2009 @ 04:20:19 CEST by

Research firm Gartner warns emerging markets are becoming dumping grounds for secondary PCs. Gartner estimates 37 million old PCs for reuse were exported to emerging markets last year, and analysts believe this number will increase to 69 million by 2012.
"Although reuse must be considered preferable to most other forms of waste management, without effective controls, exports for reuse can be an excuse for dumping, and even in the best case result in 'passing the toxic buck' to emerging economies, which are seldom equipped to deal with this problem in an environmentally and socially responsible way," said Meike Escherich, principal research analyst at Gartner.
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