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It is important that electronic waste is taken care of in a responsible way. In the EU, it is illegal to export this waste to developing countries that lack strict environmental laws. Even so, electronic waste from EU countries has been found on dumps in several countries in Asia and Africa.

Watch the short films about e-waste. Don´t worry if you can´t follow the English perfectly, as the images alone also tell the story.

The digital dump

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E-waste (from Greenpeace)
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A number of companies are searching for materials that are easier to recycle or to destroy after their disposal. The EU has drawn up rules that prohibit the use of the most toxic materials in electronic products sold on the European market.

Greenpeace has developed a tool that ranks companies on these issues: how green is an electronic company?
http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/climate-change/cool-it/Campaign-analysis/Guide-to-Greener-Electronics
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Below this Guide to Greener Electronics, you will also see the companies ranked in a list, with detailed information about the reasons for the specific ranking of a company. At the bottom of the list, you can find links to previous versions of the ranking. Don´t close the page before you have answered the questions on your worksheet

 

Answer questions 9, 10 and 11 on your worksheet.

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