|Just beneath the glamorous surface of the benefits and the wealth created by the information technology revolution looms a darker reality. Vast resource consumption and waste generation are increasing at alarming rates. The electronics industry is the world's largest and fastest growing manufacturing industry, and as a consequence of this growth, combined with rapid product obsolescence, discarded electronics or E-waste, is now the fastest growing waste stream in the industrialized world. The growing quantity of E-waste is beginning to reach disastrous proportions and industrialized countries all over the world are just now beginning to grapple with the problem. After initially turning a blind eye to the problem, governments of all sizes have been forced to respond as E-waste begins to seriously inundate solid waste disposal facilities and programs.
-"Exporting Harm", Basel Action Network, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, 2/25/2002