Ghana is said to have the largest informal recycling industry in Africa and imports some 40,000 tonnes of e-waste annually. Joseph Awuah-Darko and his university friends have been turning waste from the sprawling Agbogbloshie dumping ground in Ghana’s capital, Accra, into high-end furniture made by the people working on the dump. Video Rating: / 5
Electronic Trash Village (2007): Every year, 35 million tonnes of electronic waste is exported to China to be scrapped. There the rubbish is broken down by hand, poisoning workers and polluting the environment.
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“Smoke from the computers is too strong to breathe”, complains one disposal worker. “I feel dizzy and can’t see any more”. Many employees at the electronic disposal plant suffer from respiratory illness or skin diseases. They work for ten hours a day, with no protection from the hazardous chemicals.
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