Released images of west Africa’s electronic graveyards
E-waste campaigners QAMP have released shocking images of west-Africa’s vast electronic graveyards. Piled high with discarded appliances, these electronics have been illegally imported and dumped from all over the world, including the UK.
Pictures and details released from QAMP have been published on the Daily Mail website.
The worrying images show young boys and men trawling through mountains of e-waste and WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment).
This waste includes computers and mobile phones as the people try to recover items they hope to sell on or dismantle for scrap metal. Many of the items seen in the pictures, such as monitors, will be leaking toxic elements such as lead and mercury.
The risks and dangers of these landfills
“This is shocking on so many levels,” commented Alan Dukinfield, managing director and WEEE recycling expert at S2S Group.
“Not only are these toxic e-waste landfills harmful to the environment, they are dangerous for the people seen risking their lives to try and find scrap and items to sell on. Inevitably, some of this equipment will also contain data that could end up in the wrong hands.”
“It is imperative that organisations use a reputable, licensed company to recycle and dispose of electronic equipment. Not only for environmental and ethical reasons but also to ensure they protect any data contained on the equipment. At S2S we work hard to maintain our numerous accreditations and licenses. Our clients have peace of mind that their equipment is ethically and responsibly recycled and all data is completely destroyed.”
What we can do
S2S Group operates from an Approved Authorised Treatment Facility (AAFT) providing cost-effective IT equipment recycling and data destruction solutions.
S2S services include full auditable asset tracking, recycling reports and certified data destruction. For more information about electrical equipment recycling services from S2S, see the Lifecycle Solutions pages of the website.