Steve Skurnac, E-waste Risks and Disposal Disasters, The Solutions Journal, Volume 5, Issue 4, July 2014, Pages 23-27 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/e-waste-risks-and-disposal-disasters/) Abstract: In 2013, the global consumer electronics industry accounted for more than $1 trillion in sales, and worldwide phone sales of consumer electronics totaled 435 million units just in the second quarter, according to Gartner.1 There is no question that technology is being purchased and used more than ever, but with the average device only lasting years before being replaced,1,2,3 these electronics have now also become the fastest growing waste stream, and unfortunately, some of it is flowing into developing nations. China, Ghana, and other developing nations have become international hot spots for digital dumping. These regions generally receive daily shipments of large containers filled with nonworking electronic components. E-waste contains harmful chemicals such as arsenic, barium, beryllium, and many others. If not disposed of properly, these substances can be extremely harmful to human health and the environment.2 In 2008, CBS released a documentary on 60 Minutes about an … Topics: Environment