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ABC News: US Electronic Waste Gets Sent to Africa
August 4, 2009, 8:16 am
Filed under: News

Toxic Trash Sickens Young Scavengers in Ghana
(ABC News)With the mud so thick it can pull the shoes from your feet — if you’re lucky enough to have shoes — the children come here to rummage and rake the mountains of electronic debris that spills across the landscape.

They are scavenging for copper wiring that they can sell. On a very good day, they can extract about $2 of copper from the broken computers, telephone answering machines and televisions that have been discarded.

Much of the e-waste in the Agbogbloshie dump comes from foreign countries, including the United States. Recyclers that buy it from government agencies ship it overseas in cargo containers mixed in with second-hand electronics. The buyer in the foreign country keeps what is salable and carts of what isn’t to e-waste sites such as Agbogbloshie.

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