Where your computer goes to die: Shocking pictures of the toxic ‘electronic graveyards’ in Africa where the West dumps its old PCs, laptops, microwaves, fridges and phones

What a waste!

THE INTERNET POST

  • New report says 41 million metric tonnes of electronic waste worth a staggering £34billion was discarded in 2014
  • Countries illegally export ‘millions of tonnes’ of e-waste annually to African nations like Ghana, campaigners say
  • Shocking photographs from its capital Accra show thousands of discarded appliances in huge, filthy landfill sites
  • Some contain toxic materials like lead and mercury which damage environment and people sifting through them 

Harrowing images reveal one of west-Africa’s vast electronic graveyards where ‘millions of tonnes’ of discarded appliances from all over the world – including the UK – are being dumped every year.

Thousands of broken televisions, computers, microwaves and refrigerators are being illegally exported to African countries and dumped gigantic landfills like Agbogbloshie in Ghana because it costs less than recycling them in their countries of origin, campaigners claim.

41 million tonnes of ‘e-waste’ worth over £34billion were discarded globally in 2014, according to…

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Posted on April 27, 2015, in Everyday Life. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I have read about this before.

    • I have proud about Swedens recycling initiatives. We have seen on a docuementary that we have a few unscrupless companies that have been caught shipping recyclable waste to Africa. I just hope that is the exception not the rule.I believe that those business and their owners should be prosecuted harshly.All their assets should be confiscated.
      Honey

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