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  • Date posted : Jan 01, 1970


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This video discusses a dumping ground for e-waste in Guiyu, China. On seemingly every street, laborers sit on the pavement outside workshops ripping out the guts of household appliances with hammers and drills. The roads in Guiyu are lined with bundles of plastic, wires, cables, and other garbage. Different components are separated based on their value and potential for re-sale. On one street sits a pile of green and gold circuit boards. On another, the metal cases of desktop computers. E-waste, or electronic waste, consists of everything from scrapped TVs, refrigerators, and air conditioners, to that old desktop computer that may be collecting dust in your closet. Many of these gadgets were initially manufactured in China. Through a strange twist of global economics, much of this electronic junk returns to China to die.

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