The Dirty Truth About Where Your Old Electronics Go

We all know we should recycle our electronics, but we don’t really know what happens after we drop them off at the e-waste center, right?

So filmmaker +Alex Gorosh followed his old phones, all the way to Agbogbloshie, Ghana, the largest electronics dump in the world. It’s a place so dirty and dangerous it’s nicknamed “Sodom and Gomorrah.”

It turns out about half of our discarded electronics are shipped overseas to places like Agbogbloshie where environmental regulations aren’t as strict. At this particular site, some of the gadgets are taken apart, their salvageable components sold. But the large majority of them are burned so the workers—largely teenagers—can scrap the metals inside.

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