Overheard: Word of the Day

Feb 1 2008   2:33PM GMT

Overheard: Your old computer may be in Guiya, China

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

junk.gif And though U.S. states increasingly require that electronics be sent to collection and recycling centers, even from those centers, American firms can send the e-waste abroad legally because Congress hasn’t ratified the Basel Convention.

The results are visible on the streets of Guiyu, where the e-waste industry employs an estimated 150,000 people. Shipping containers of computer parts, old video games, computer screens, cell phones and electronics of all kinds, from ancient to nearly new, are dumped onto the streets and sorted for dismantling and melting.

Christopher Bodeen, China: E-Waste and Environmental Disaster

Michael Zhao provides a glimpse of Guiyu in this YouTube video. You can view his excellent 20-min documentary about life in Guiyu at his Web site.

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