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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2706

UNESCO Says 35 Million Computers Dumped Despite Spread of Toxic Substances

United Nations, 23 November,( The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched a free guide to computer recycling for entrepreneurs and project sponsors. The guide seeks to address the effect of computer equipment waste on health and the environment, which is a particular concern in developing countries.

This year, almost 180 million computers have been replaced; an estimated 35 million of them were simply dumped, despite the toxic substances they contain. UNESCO says that obsolete and unwanted IT and computer equipment should be recycled to benefit other users, whenever possible. Equipment and components not fit for reuse should be disassembled and processed to recover raw materials in an environmentally sound manner.

- Asian Tribune -

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