Publisher: University of Port Harcourt

E-Waste: A Looming Environmental Bomb In Nigeria

Fr. Walter C. Ihejirika
KEYWORDS: E-waste, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Information society, Toxic materials, Environmental pollution


Today, human civilization is in the Information Age. Computers and telecommunication devices are at the heart of the Information Revolution. The ICT revolution, like all human inventions, carry with it both positive and negative outcomes. One of the negative outcomes is e-waste. This is a popular, informal name for electronic products nearing the end of their "useful life." Computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, and fax machines are common electronic products. Many of these products can be reused, refurbished, or recycled. Unfortunately, electronic discard is one of the fastest growing segments of our nation's waste stream. Manydeveloping countries like Nigeria are facing this environmental hazard. This paper made an examination of the concept of e-waste, as well as its various manifestations in the Nigeria. It also highlighted the environmental and health implications of this phenomenon. It called for urgent formulation of viable policies and strategies for the disposal of e-waste in the country in order to avert a looming environmental and health time bomb.

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