1. e-waste Ghana, BBC News - David Reid


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    What happens to old consumer electronics when you are finished with it? It is safely recycled, right? Well, may be not. Much of it becomes part of a lucrative, international trade in illicit e-waste and ends up dumped in countries like Ghana in West Africa. Here it is informally "processed" by young men and boys who smelt it in open fires in an attempt to extract the precious metals it contains. This causes untold damage to the environment, not to mention, serious health problems for those carrying out the processing. The European Union has recently put in place rules in an attempt to close the loop-holes exploited by e-waste traffickers. For example, exporters now have to prove that the second-hand technology they are taking out of Europe still functions. But, as this story reveals, the new rules are inadequate. For this investigation for BBC World News, I travelled to Ghana in West Africa to look into the health and environmental implications of the informal processing of used tech. I also went on the trail of used technology coming into the country and found, to my surprise, that while Europe has set its sights on banning the export of tech that no longer works, it has underestimated how discerning Africa's consumers are. It may not be broken tech that's the problem, but fully functioning second-hand electronics that Africans simply do not want to buy. The story is only 5 minutes long, so do take a look. It is not every day that you see another e-waste loophole opening up before your eyes. More on this at www.silverbicycle.co.uk

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    • e-wasteland


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      Where do our electronics go at the end of their life? Every year, almost 50 million tonnes of e-waste (electronic waste) are generated worldwide. A large volume of second-hand and condemned electronic goods arrive in developing countries from the “developed” world, with a significant quantity arriving as e-waste, exported illegally as “second hand goods”. This film presents a visual portrait of unregulated e-waste recycling in Ghana, West Africa, where electronics are not seen for what they once were, but rather for what they have become.

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