The Influx of Used Electronics into Africa : A Perilous Trend

Aniyie Ifeanyichukwu Azuka
C/O OA Aniyie,
Academic Planning Division,
Vice Chancellor's Office,
University of Benin, Benin,
Edo State, Nigeria



The quantity of used electronics that is being discarded worldwide has reached crisis level. Alarming is the constituents of these items as well as the ways the generators of these items have dealt with them and are dealing with them. This essay aims to educate as regards the ruinous consequence of the present scheme of handling and management of used electronics in the world. To achieve the foregoing, the essay amongst other things, establishes the relationship between used electronics and e-waste; identifies the source of the seemingly unending deluge of used electronics in Africa as well as theorises in respect of the continuing movement that same is motivated by economic forces. The essay ends with a few postulations that are believed to be capable of stemming the tide of the influx of used electronics into Africa.


Africa, Developing countries, Environment, E-waste, Hazardous, Industrialised nations, Recycling, Transboundary movement, Used electronics, Waste.             LEAD Journal - ISSN 1746-5893