e-waste - updates

Rappler's latest stories on e-waste


E-waste levels surge 20% in 5 years – U.N.

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:03 PM

According to the report, Asia generated the greatest volume of e-waste in 2019, with 24.9 million tonnes

Cell phone 'Tower of Babel' highlights China e-waste problem

Apr 05, 2019 - 12:49 PM

The phones are rigged to a metal frame and synchronized so their screens will flash in various colors

E-WASTE. Tons of discarded computer parts, old cellphones and other electronic devices fill up landfills.

Tech today: FB ad transparency measures, e-waste Olympic medals, FaceTime reward

Feb 08, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Facebook will soon be rolling out a feature that shows how a brand got a hold of your contact information and if it shared it with another brand

Illustration from Facebook

Turning garbage into gold: Tokyo to award e-waste Olympic medals

Feb 08, 2019 - 4:40 PM

Tokyo's Olympic organizing committee has stockpiled electronic waste from smartphones and laptops to collect metal for the medals

ECO-FRIENDLY. In the 2012 Rio Olympics, around 30 percent of the silver and bronze in medals also came from recycled materials. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Secondhand smartphone market takes off but far from green

Feb 27, 2018 - 8:54 PM

'There's a dirty side to our tech obsession: trainloads of e-waste trundling out of our cities and towards hellish waste dumps in Africa and Asia,' the EEB network of environmental groups say in a statement

Turning e-waste into art at Ghana's toxic dump

Dec 27, 2017 - 3:22 PM

The United Nations has said that salvaging materials for recycling provides income for more than 64 million people in the developing world

ART. Ghanaian artist Joseph Awuah-Darko works on a clock, the pieces of which were found at Agbogloshie dumpsite, at his workshop at Ashesi University College where he studies, outside Accra on November 29, 2017. Photo by Cristina Aldehuela/AFP

E-waste rising dangerously in Asia – UN study

Jan 16, 2017 - 8:58 AM

The report says in recent years Asia has rapidly emerged as a major source of electronic waste due to increasingly affluent consumers buying items such as phones tablets refrigerators personal computers and televisions

In this file photo, an Indian worker sifts through a bag full of defunct computer mice prior to disassembly at Ash Recyclers, a government approved e-waste management firm in Bangalore on June 5, 2013. Manjunath Kiran/AFP

5 tips for a Christmas free of e-waste

Dec 02, 2014 - 2:43 PM

Many gadgets contain toxic metals that can stream into our environment if not managed properly

Metal in your gadgets: Why you should be scared

Mar 27, 2014 - 6:13 PM

Lead mercury cadmium and brominated flame retardants found inside laptops television sets and smart phones present health threats

E-WASTE. Circuit boards contain valuable metals but also toxic ones. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

10 ways to reduce your e-waste this Christmas

Dec 09, 2013 - 4:56 PM

Your discarded smartphone can end up releasing toxic chemicals to water sources human communities and the environment

TOXIC TECH. Many electronic devices contain toxic substances like lead, arsenic and mercury

'200 million people at risk from toxic pollution'

Nov 05, 2013 - 1:40 PM

A new top 10 list of the World s Worst Polluted Places is released based on more than 2 000 risk assessments in 49 countries

E-WASTE. 'E-waste' in a trash dump in Agbogbloshie in Agbogbloshie, Accra, Ghana, 8 August 2008. EPA/Jane Hahn