Computers and Their Environmental Impact Cause and Effect Essay by Poochie

Computers and Their Environmental Impact
Investigates the environmental impact of computers and electronic and battery-operated products, which has not been fully addressed properly.
# 128472 | 2,100 words | 18 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper explains that the manufacturing, use and disposal of computers and electronic equipment have an impact on the environment and thus require monitoring throughout their life cycle. Improper disposal of unwanted, unneeded or old computers, the author underscores, leads to the generation and release of toxic compounds into the environment especially in some of the underdeveloped countries. The paper concludes that the implementation of global green procurement strategies for computer acquisition, use and disposal will aid the world in saving money by marketing cost-saving and environmentally sound products.

Table of Contents:
How Impacts Begin
Greener Practices

From the Paper:

"The facilities where some of the e-waste are processed in Ghana are covered by high security similar to government facilities here in the United States with armed guards, smart cards and even fingerprint checks. Hoges, (2009) compared the conditions in Ghana to Sodom and Gomorrah of Biblical representations, due to the horrific environmental conditions faced by those involved in recycling e-waste. This is understandable because the processes used to breakdown the e-waste is all done by manually through hammers, screwdrivers, burning, and acid."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Baul, H. 2002. Error: dumping does not compute. Alternatives Journal. 28:2.
  • Basel Action Network (BAN). (2009). Ghana: The Digital Dumping Ground. Retrieved 28 February 2010 from
  • Bennion, J. (2009). Frontline/World. Where the Law Stands on E-Waste. Retrieved 02 March 2010 from ewaste/html
  • Brennan, L.B., Isaac, D.H., and Arnold, J.C. 2002. Recycling of Acrylonitrite-Butadene- Styrene (ABS) and High-Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) from waste computer equipment. Journal of Applied Polymer Science. 86: ( pp .572-578).
  • Computer Hope: When was the first computer invented? Retrieved 01 March 2010 from

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