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How China Profits From Our Junk

How China Profits From Our Junk

In this excerpt from the forthcoming Junkyard Planetauthor Adam Minter explores China’s central role in the world’s vast global recycling trade.
Nov 1 2013,
A Shanghai scrap yard (Adam Minter) 

China’s reputation as the “world’s factory” is well-established. But what happens to everything the world throws away? Since 2002, the Shanghai-based journalist Adam Minter has sought to find out. The son and grandson of scrap metalists, Minter traveled throughout the world to investigate how what we discard—and reuse—helps drive the global economy.

Minter, who has written for a variety of publications (including both the print and digital versions of The Atlantic), now writes a weekly column on China for Bloomberg. In this excerpt from his forthcoming book Junkyard Planet, which will be published by Bloomsbury Press on November 12,  Minter travels to the epicenter of the global scrape trade: southern China.

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Collateral effects of working with e-waste and “scrap”…receiving mailing offers from China


Copper Scrap Supplier from China

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re:export metal material

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El comercio de la basura 2.0 en Ghana y sus consecuencias

El comercio de la basura 2.0 en Ghana y sus consecuencias

Posted on 24/07/2013 By Antonella Perini

El comercio de la basura 2.0 en Ghana y sus consecuencias

Sumado a los avances tecnológicos que crean nuevas necesidades en el consumidor, las empresas productoras de ordenadores, teléfonos móviles y electrodomésticos, han fomentado la práctica empresarial que conocemos como obsolescencia programada. Esto es, la reducción deliberada de la vida de un producto para incrementar su consumo.

Agbogbloshie, el barrio vertedero digital

Ahora bien, ¿qué se hace con los productos obsoletos? El último eslabón de la cadena se encuentra en un punto geográfico lejano de donde el mayor número de consumidores de productos tecnológicos y electrodomésticos se encuentra: en Agbogbloshie, el barrio vertedero digital ubicado en los suburbios de Accra (Ghana), a orillas del lago Cole. Los productos llegan al puerto de Tema, el mayor puerto de importación de Ghana, a través de barcos cargados de contenedores, procedentes de Europa y Estados Unidos. Si bien por la Convección de Basilea está prohibido enviar residuos de este tipo al extranjero, los productos suelen llegar a Ghana como productos de segunda mano o donaciones. No obstante, sólo alrededor del 20% pueden continuar siendo usados o se reparados. El restante 80% termina en vertederos de todo el país. Se estima que son al menos 400 por mes los contenedores que entran al puerto de Tema. Sin embargo, gracias a la mayor información sobre el medio ambiente que se tiene en Ghana, el número de contenedores ha disminuido.

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Dangerous labour: The little-known ‘e-waste’ phenomenon

Updated 2013-07-30 13:51:18

RAWALPINDI: Akash Ali is a nine-year-old labourer who works at a warehouse on Rawalpindi’s College Road. He suffers from asthma, but he seems unaware of the health and environmental hazards attached to his job.

Akash works for a warehouse of electronic waste (e-waste). “My father has died and now I’m the only breadwinner of my family,” he told, adding that he has a mother, two younger brothers and a sister to support. E-waste includes old computers, television sets, mobile phones, printers, fax machines and electronic games.Most of the material contains toxic material which poses a serious risk to health, especially for the labourers involved in physically handling the material.

He earns 90 rupees daily by cleaning old computers and their accessories, including key boards and printed circuit boards. “Sometimes I am also assigned to burn the old and discarded electronic material from where I think I contracted the asthma,” he explains.

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