1. Meet Alex Gorosh. He’s a filmmaker from Los Angeles, who had one question — Where does all of our e-waste go? So, Gizmogul sent him to West Africa to do a little research, and this is what he found.
E-Waste, also know as electronic waste, is defined as disposed computers, office electronic equipment, entertainment device electronics, mobile phones, television sets, and refrigerators.
3. Once the e-waste arrives at the landfills in Agbogbloshie, workers take the electronics apart and either sell the scraps or burn them.
In an article by the Huffington Post, Hunter College public health professor Jack Caravanos said the smoke from the burned plastic contains “significant” traces of arsenic, copper, chromium, and the “scary” carcinogens dioxins.
4. Workers would work long hours in extremely hazardous conditions to only make a few dollars a day.
In the video, Ghanian local Kwame says: “Lots of these guys have no money and no place to sleep. So, it’s just a matter of life because they have to survive.”
7. Instead of dumping your old electronics in the trash bin, you can send them into electronic recycling companies such as Gizmogul.
Gizmogul specializes in refurbishing old electronics that will then get donated to charities or sold on their site at a discounted price.
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