According to a United Nations (UN) assessment, Pakistan is one of 15 nations in the world where electronic trash dismantling and recycling is deemed a severe health threat.
India, Brazil, and China are the top three countries with the greatest e-waste recycling.
Meanwhile, the UN report states that India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh are among the worst-affected countries in South Asia.
The “health of children, adolescents, and expecting mothers globally is at risk from the unlawful processing of outdated electrical or electronic devices,” according to a report released by the global group in 2021 titled “Children and Digital Dumpsites.”
According to a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) in New York and Geneva, Pakistan will produce 433 kilotons of e-waste by 2020. India, as one of the top three countries, has generated 3,230 kilotons of electronic garbage.
The paper is being hailed as a watershed moment in toxic danger research.
The report also listed the sites in Pakistan where informal garbage is dismantled and recycled. In Pakistan, Karachi is the most important city for e-waste recycling and dismantling.
“Around 12.46 kilotons of obsolete computers were brought into Karachi from various nations in 2014,” according to the research.
Meanwhile, e-waste is recycled in many sites throughout Lahore, according to the report, with the garbage being recycled within rooms with insufficient ventilation. E-waste recycling, dismantling, and rehabilitation are also carried out in Faisalabad, Gujranwala, and Peshawar, in addition to Lahore and Karachi.
However, according to the research, “very little is known about e-waste recycling in these locations.” In comparison to Karachi, this indicates that the action is taking place at a much lower scale in these locations.