PC rubbish exports from the USA endanger countries in Asia
According to a study by the environmental associations Silicon Valley Toxic Coalition and Basel Action Network, the export of computer scrap and other electronic devices from the USA endangers people and the environment in Pakistan, India and China, among others.
In a region in South China, the garbage export from the USA is burned by thousands of workers for 1.50 dollars an hour or dissolved in acid baths. The resulting waste is distributed in fields or discharged into rivers and has already contaminated the groundwater to such an extent that drinking water has to be transported from other regions. The soil there is sometimes 190 times more polluted than required by a WHO guideline. According to this study, around 41 million computers were disposed of in this way last year alone.