From Ghana to Your Laptop

Imatge de l'any per a l'UNICEF / FOTO: Kai Löffelbein

I am a HUGE FC Barcelona fan for many years now; however, as I was browsing on their official website the other day, I found an interesting article.  The article features Kaif Loffelbein’s photograph with a child from Ghana. In the photograph, the boy is in the middle of destruction, waste, and wearing an FC Barcelona’s uniform. Now, this photograph is a dire reality of waste and e-waste. E-waste or electronic waste has massively increased annually in the countries of the periphery. Many places like Ghana and India receives more than 6,500 tons of waste annually. To decrease waste in our world, we have to recycle as much as possible. The more items are recycled we can utilize the same pieces for the new technology. Hence, if more laws made it mandatory to recycle, the world would decrease this problem for sure. The less waste, the new generation would enjoy a cleaner planet with less diseases. Still, here are simple steps anyone can take to recycle their electronic devices.

Apple Recycling Program

http://store.apple.com/us/help/recycle

We Recycle! is a New York based company. Their mission is to encourage the public to be responsible about the consequences of e-waste and learn about recycling. The site is dedicated to guide the public how to recycle and what to recycle.

http://www.werecycle.com/

Dell

Dell offers a worldwide recycling program to recycle Dell electronics. The company confirmed on their website they were the first company to ban e-waste exportation in developing countries since 2009.

http://content.dell.com/us/en/corp/d/corp-comm/GlobalRecycling.aspx

If recycling became a norm, then like the boy from Ghana would enjoy playing soccer in a clean environment. We can change this little by little every day.

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