The Circuit: Tracking America’s Electronic Waste

You buy a new phone or computer and you take your old one to a local recycler. It’s the green thing to do, right? Well, it turns out a lot of those devices may not be getting recycled at all. The United States is the single largest producer of electronic waste, generating almost 8 million tons a year. Our EarthFix team follows the e-waste trail.

Producers: Katie Campbell and Ken Christensen
Photographers/Editors: Ken Christensen and Katie Campbell
Graphics: Madeleine Pisaneschi
Additional editing: Amy Mahardy
Production support: Carolin Jones
Translators: Dongxia Su, Jade Vong
Tracking data map: MIT Senseable City Lab, Basel Action Network
Additional photography: Basel Action Network
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E-waste, the term given to discarded electronic appliances, is often shipped by developed nations to poorer countries such as Ghana. RTD visits the country’s most infamous dumping ground, Agbogbloshie. Locals call it “Sodom and Gomorrah” after the infamous Biblical sin cities. Its air and soil are polluted with toxic chemicals, while extreme poverty, child labour and criminal gangs are also rife. Learn more https://rtd.rt.com/films/toxicity/

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