The e-waste is only one of the global crisis that have arisen as we move into a new geological era: the Anthropocene, in which human activity is the one that influences climate and environment the most. What a dreadful picture!
Actually every year in the world about 50 millions of tons of electronic waste are produced. 75% of these waste products disappear from the usual waste disposal circuits to end up in countries like India, China or Africa. These are the givens showed in Cosima Damoritzer’s documentary: “The e-waste tragedy.
Many of these electric or electronic abandoned devices keep on having a commercial value, as they are still working or contain expensive materials that can be extracted from them and recycled. Agbogbloshie, for example, is considered the biggest African e-waste dump. It is an area within Accra, Ghana’s capital city, where many of the e-waste products are transported from all over Europe. A city within the city where dozens of thousands of people live. Here men and children extract copper, brass, aluminum, silver, gold and other materials intended to get back to the developed countries’ industries and refineries. The method of extraction used to recuperate the metals from the electronic waste are injurious to the environment and to those people’s health. Nevertheless this illegal trade of toxic waste doesn’t seem to come to an end.
Here is the report of Jacopo Ottaviani published by Internazionale, definitely to be read in order to get a more complete overview on the e-waste situation in Ghana. Have taken part in the project: Isacco Chiaf (photography and design) and Juanita Rodriguez Onzaga (video editing).