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Recycling electronic waste in Nigeria

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Reuters/Paulo Whitaker

How to create green jobs which also provide a decent living was discussed at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil last week. Desperation for a job has driven many people to do jobs that are harmful to human health and to the environment. In many African countries, thousands of people make a living by burning e-waste to get precious metals. Developing countries, reluctant to recycle their e-waste, sometimes illegally export it to Africa. But experts say Africans can make a lot of money if they properly recycle this illegal electronic-waste. 

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