Monday, August 24, 2009

Where all computers (and many humans) go to die

"Kids can make a lot of money from this scrap because it's loaded with copper. To get to it, the surrounding parts have to be burned. We're told that a small bundle can bring in the equivalent of five dollars, pretty good when many Ghanaians exist on about two dollars a day.

But the cost is high. Computers release a cocktail of toxins when they are burned or smashed. There is lead, dioxin, and mercury, and many others toxic substances. Goats feed on the trash. Children seem unaware of the danger." (Thanks Daniel)

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