Have you ever wondered where old computers end up?

“Ghana the piles of old computers are increasing every week”.

(photo: El País)

“Have you ever wondered where old computers end up?

China and India have been popular destinations, but in Ghana the piles of old computers are increasing every week even though the trade is illegal.

As we upgrade at an ever faster rate, campaigners are calling for action to prevent toxic, electronic or “e” waste being dumped on poor countries.

The United Nations believes we generate between 20m and 50m tonnes of e-waste around the world each year.

Agbobloshie dump site in Ghana’s capital, Accra, is a computer graveyard. But PCs are not given a decent, safe burial – they are dumped on this expanding, toxic treasure trove.” (…) (Source: bbc news, 5 August 2008. )

(+info via bbc news)

(+info El País)