Toxic computer waste in the developing world
I am not sure what the answer is. People are convinced into thinking they need new technology. Media has a great influence in this as well as developers who stop improving their software in order to sell you something else. However there is always a need of old technology somewhere in the world. Using freeshare and the like is a good way to circulate unwanted technology.
As the developing world continues to develop, standards of living and access to technology increases. Unfortunately, as personal computers, laptops and mobile phones become increasingly common so the problem of recycling and disposal of such devices when they become technologically obsolete rises too, according to research published in the International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management.
Neelu Jain of the PEC University of Technology, in Chandigarh and Pamela Chawla of the Surya World, Surya World Technical Campus in Punjab, India, have estimated the potential number of obsolete desktop and notebook computers and the quantity of various toxic components that will be generated from these devices over the next ten to fifteen years in India. They suggest that it will take three decades at the current rate of penetration before there is one computer per capita across the nation. However, there will be higher-end users who have more than one device…
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