Nigeria gets tough on waste tech

Nigeria is so concerned with the problem of e-waste being dumped in the country that the government has set-up a national committee to look into the issue.One representative interviewed by the BBC claimed that 75 percent of the second-hand PCs entering the country are junk.

Nigeria is so concerned with the problem of e-waste being dumped in the country that the government has set-up a national committee to look into the issue.

One representative interviewed by the BBC claimed that 75 percent of the second-hand PCs entering the country are junk. The problem has been exacerbated by the sheer volume of shipments coming into the country which makes it very difficult to sort the genuine reconditioned machines from the defunct ones. Once in the country, junk machines are being broken down for scrap which includes dangerous practices such as recovering lead in very basic conditions.