Elizabeth Chamberlain is a writer, blogger, and researcher for iFixit.
[…] get more advanced? Plus, how much of the e-waste in developing nations and in dump sites like Agbogbloshie comes from illegal imports? What about the devices that enter developing nations as legal, working […]
Same comment as above. WR3a.org (Fair Trade Recycling) is very active in Ghana, and our experience parallels the 2011 Ghana E-Waste Assessment study, which was that 85% of imports are reused and repaired. However, the second hand shops also take-back trade ins from people in Accra, some of which are totally exhausted … and those go for scrap burning. Did you see a single sea container AT Agbogbloshie? If the e-waste is primarily from imports, and is a significant % of imports, why would they not direct to Agbogbloshie and pick good stuff out instead of to retail markets to pick bad stuff out? We have plenty of these photos of burning, we need to know if they tie to the containers, or come from the neighborhoods.
[…] is a side of Agbogbloshie you don’t see as often as pictures of young boys burning electronics. Many jobs are born out of those piles of discarded […]
[…] electronics in some far-flung corner of the globe—usually Africa. It’s true: I’ve taken some of those photos myself. Some e-waste does get sent overseas, where it is repaired, refurbished, resold, reused, and […]
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