The safe disposal of waste, especially electronic waste, remains a challenge for many industrialized countries. Due to the difficulties and cost associated with proper disposal of waste that contains hazardous components it is often simply shipped to developing countries as used products. A lot of effort has been made to curb the dumping of waste in countries without the proper facilities to handle these products, but in many places the practice continues.
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Ghana is one of the countries in Africa where e-waste from all over the world end up. The region hit the hardest is Agbogbloshie, which is a former wetland, but is now known as one of the world’s biggest e-waste dumps. Nicknamed “Sodom and Gomorrah” by the locals, it is a bleak place where waste is burned and valuables stripped from obsolete electronics by scores of workers.
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