Infographic: The Electronic Afterlife

Business,Technology September 27, 2011 3:07 pm

Millions of tonnes of electronics are disposed each year, triggering a chain of devastating effects. Most units end up in landfills, where hazardous components seep into groundwater. Of the units recycled, most are shipped to less regulated emerging markets—often labeled as donations—where their valuable components are extracted with little regard for safety. An analysis of e-waste reveals frightening truths about the relationships between consumption and waste and between formal and informal systems.

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