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These 23 Shocking Pictures Show How Ghana Is The New Dustbin Of The Developed World’s E-waste

Updated on 9 July, 2016 at 5:48 pm By

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 .


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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.

 

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2. E-waste damages the health of the scavengers and the local environment.

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3. Agbogbloshie is close to Ghana’s capital city of Accra.

 


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4. Defunct computers, television and keyboards lie around like rocks on a hill.

 

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5. E-waste and appliances are left to rot in the huge landfills.

 

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6. Old fridges reside in filthy landfill site. CFCs from these damage the ozone.

 

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7. Useless microchips, light bulbs and motherboards.

 

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9. Broken and useless equipment in the landfill site.

 

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10. Discarded washing machines, clothes dryers, dishwashers etc.

 

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11. Junk material.

 

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12. Discarded products that are intercepted to sell in city’s market.

 

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13. E-wastes leak lead, mercury, arsenic, zinc and flame-retardants into the atmosphere around Ghana.



 

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14. Even piles of old wiring are simply dumped here.

 

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15. Useless discarded appliances such as gaming devices and chargers.

 

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16. Discarded components are burnt to extract scrap metal for sale. But junk gives out nothing.

 

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17. Discarded products leak toxic materials.

 

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18. Mounds of old chargers can be seen everywhere.

Locals sift through them in hope of finding something useful.

 

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19. Scraps in landfill.

 

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20. Braving toxic fumes and explosive appliances in the landfill.

 

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21. Most are crushed equipment that cannot be reused.

 

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22. Scavengers in Accra’s Agbogbloshie landfill who are at severe risk of irreparable health-related problems.

 

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23. Most of the e-waste in the wide-opened landfill is illegal.

 

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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.


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All images courtesy: QAMP via Daily Mail.

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