What you are about to see are pictures from Agbogbloshie, Ghana, in West Africa. This place can be called the graveyard of the world’s ‘e-waste’ – the largest ever illegal dump site of discarded appliances from all over the world . A UN report states that 41 million tonnes of ‘e-waste’ worth over $53 billion were discarded in 2014 alone.
1. Here are mountains of ‘e-waste’ that pollutes local water and harms health of people.
2. E-waste damages the health of the scavengers and the local environment.
3. Agbogbloshie is close to Ghana’s capital city of Accra.
4. Defunct computers, television and keyboards lie around like rocks on a hill.
5. E-waste and appliances are left to rot in the huge landfills.
6. Old fridges reside in filthy landfill site. CFCs from these damage the ozone.
7. Useless microchips, light bulbs and motherboards.
9. Broken and useless equipment in the landfill site.
10. Discarded washing machines, clothes dryers, dishwashers etc.
11. Junk material.
12. Discarded products that are intercepted to sell in city’s market.
13. E-wastes leak lead, mercury, arsenic, zinc and flame-retardants into the atmosphere around Ghana.
14. Even piles of old wiring are simply dumped here.
15. Useless discarded appliances such as gaming devices and chargers.
16. Discarded components are burnt to extract scrap metal for sale. But junk gives out nothing.
17. Discarded products leak toxic materials.
18. Mounds of old chargers can be seen everywhere.
Locals sift through them in hope of finding something useful.
19. Scraps in landfill.
20. Braving toxic fumes and explosive appliances in the landfill.
21. Most are crushed equipment that cannot be reused.
22. Scavengers in Accra’s Agbogbloshie landfill who are at severe risk of irreparable health-related problems.
23. Most of the e-waste in the wide-opened landfill is illegal. Such illegal landfills in Ghana thrive because Africa’s Eastern and Southern countries have implemented strict anti-dumping measures. Besides, the cost of recycling in any European country is much higher than dumping. It is indeed a shame that Ghana is becoming the e-waste hub of the world when only 1.9 metric tonnes of such waste is produced in the whole of Africa. All images courtesy: QAMP via Daily Mail