1000 Flowers for the Planet - #318 Deal With Your Own Waste
When you buy yourself a new electronic gadget, what do you do with the old one? Do you care? Maybe you give it to someone else to use for a while, but do you have any concern for where it goes at the end of its useful life? Electronic goods have increased in production since the personal computer gained popularity, and this has led to an exponential increase in the amount of e-waste being sent to landfill. The problem is that a lot of this waste is actually sent overseas, to developing countries where it pollutes the environment with toxins and its very existence. This is without any care for the people that live there, and those responsible for it don’t give a second thought about it because as far as they’re concerned it has all gone ‘away’ – remember that place that doesn’t exist. But it does exist. Type ‘e-waste’ into your search engine on the Internet and you will find plenty of reading material.
E-waste is not the only waste problem being sent from one country to another. Nuclear waste is also finding its way across borders in illegal dumping practices. This type of waste has an even more serious and deadly nature to it, as incorrect handling and storage can and will lead to major health issues for all life forms in its vicinity. Nuclear waste doesn’t just disappear – it hangs around for thousands of years. We’d have to wait a mere 10,000 years to feel somewhat safe with it. No probs! Sigh.
If you create waste, then you should deal with it! Insist your government becomes part of the solution by handling the waste generated within its border, and stop sending it to other countries who put up with it simply because they can’t afford not to.