What happens to our old electronics? The heightening mountain of computers, monitors, keyboards, printers and phones that are discarded. What happens to them after we bring them to the collection depots?
Electronic wastes need special handling, they can contain heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium. Very little is known about recycling of hazardous electronic waste in developed countries. It is estimated that perhaps up to 80% of E-waste are exported to places like China, India and Africa, where environmental regulations are less onerous. Such exports are banned in Europe but it is legal in the United States. In Canada, exporting E-waste is illegal but it still happens because of a lack of enforcement.
Film maker Alex Gorosh incorporates social consciousness in a promotion for Gizmogul, an electronics recycle company. He follows the trail of our electronics to Agbogbloshie, Ghana in West Africa, the E-waste dump site.