China and the Electronic Waste Export Challenge

By Dian Hasan | May 21, 2010

A simple question that accompanied a promotion for a seminar  at University of San Francisco drew my attention; “How may cell phones, computers, and other hi-tech gadgets have you THROWN AWAY?

If this question involves the country of China, you can be assured the numbers are staggering! And as China continues apace in building its economy, tagging along with it the millions of newly-minted consumers that have developed an unsatiable appetite for cellphones and IT gadgets,

How many cell phones, computers, and other hi-tech gadgets have you THROWN AWAY?

Electronic waste or “e-waste” is the fastest growing disposal problem in the world. The US alone produces over three million tons of e-waste in a single year. This creates mountains of highly toxic trash. Much of it ends up in China and other parts of the developing world, polluting entire towns, their soil, and water. The chemicals involved in this waste are known to cause among other things cancer, brain developmental damage in children, and birth defects. What can we do to strive toward international environmental and social justice? Be part of the solution. Hear our panel of experts discuss these problems and new approaches to dealing with the rising challenge of these ever-growing piles of toxic garbage.

Joshua Goldstein, Associate Professor at USC and author of Remains of the Everyday: One Hundred Years of Recycling in Beijing, will talk about e-waste in China; Steven Rockhold, Global Program Manager for Product Reuse and Recycling at Hewlett Packard, will give a presentation on HP’s new hardware and supplies take-back programs for reuse and recycling; and James Kao, founder and CEO of GreenCitizen, Inc., will discuss the responsible repair and recycling of your electronics here in San Francisco.

Ted Smith, founder and former Executive Director of Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, co-founder of the Electronics TakeBack Coalition, and co-founder and Coordinator of the International Campaign for Responsible Technology (ICRT) will moderate the discussion.

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Reservations recommended; call (415) 422-6828.

Presented by the USF Center for the Pacific Rim and chinadialogue. Co-sponsored by the USF Japan Policy Research Institute, the Asia Society Northern California and the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning.

Inspiration: University of San Francisco

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