THE United Nations calls the town of Guiyu, China, the electronic waste capital of the world. And the children of Guiyu have above-average levels of lead in their blood that could severely impact their brains and central nervous systems. These two scary facts have been connected in studies by the Shantou University Medical College – and it’s a connection that Malaysia needs to take heed of. (CNN report on China: The Electronic Wastebasket Of The World.)
Handphones, laptops, desktops, microwaves, TVs, monitors, gaming systems – all the electronic gadgets we can’t live without nowadays – can be lethal if not disposed of properly. Discarded electronics, or e-waste, can contain toxic substances such as the lead that is causing concern in Guiyu along with cadmium, mercury and a host of other heavy metals that can harm human and environmental health.