E-waste (electronic waste, or discarded household or business products that contain circuitry or electrical components) is a global and growing threat to human and ecosystem health. Low-income countries bear a disproportionate burden of the impacts of e-waste, as higher-income countries often export waste to be recycled or disposed of in these less expensive settings. This creates much-needed employment opportunities in low-income countries, but the informal recycling and disposal approaches currently used in these resource-constrained settings recover only a fraction of potentially recyclable materials while exposing workers and communities to hazardous agents. This research-to-practice project will explore human health impacts from electronic waste recycling in a community in South America, and evaluate public policy options and public helath interventions that could be implemented to improve health while preserving economic opportunities.
Presentado en la Universidad de la Frontera, Temuco, Chile.