Electronic waste (e-waste) is a term used to cover almost all types of electrical and electronic equipment that has or could enter the waste stream. E-waste includes televisions, computers, mobile phones, refrigerators, and washing machines – almost any household or business item with circuitry or electrical components with power or battery supply (StEP, 2012). The UN estimates that globally there is around 40 million tons of e-waste that accumulates per year (UNEP, 2009). E-waste differs from general waste as it contains various hazardous substances and toxic chemicals which have potential to pollute the environment and risk human health when processed, recycled or disposed of. The rapid accumulation of electronic waste across the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) has prompted an investigation concerning its implications on the environment and public health. This report will highlight the situation in Idhna, a town in the Hebron Governorate which receives vast quantities of e-waste, most of which is transferred from Israel. This report reveals the extent of destruction inflicted on the landscape and environment by e-waste processing and disposal along with the associated contamination of agricultural produce and water resources. Health concerns for the local Palestinian population in Idhna are also expressed. This report proposes actions to address the lack of regulation and enforcement within hazardous waste management policy and environmental legislation in the oPt. This report further proposes the initiation of public awareness campaigns regarding the hazards of e-waste disposal, and promotes channeled investment into sustainable recycling hubs and projects across the oPt. Read more

…لقراءة المقال بالعربية الرجاء الضغط على الرابط أدناه
اثار التخلص من النفايات الاكترونية على البيئة و الصحة العامة في الاراضي الفلسطينية المحتلة