Recycling Electronic Wastes in Nigeria: Putting Environmental and Human Rights at Risk

Terada, Christine | January 1, 2012

Unregulated recycling of electronic waste (e-waste) has led to environmental degradation and human rights violationsmost often in developing countries in Asia and Africa where exporting is easy, labor laws are lax, and communities are poor. While the global market for new high-technology electronic products continues to grow, so does the amount of discarded products. This article explores the e-waste trade in Nigeria and discusses how developed countries, as well as the developing countries, must actively end the e-waste trade that exploits human workers and the environment.