The Digital Dump; The Exporting Re-use and Abuse to Africa

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10/12/2015
Resource Types: 
Video
Abstract: 

This documentary reveals the concerns about global trade in toxic, obsolete, discarded computers and other e-scrap collected in North America and Europe and sent to developing countries by waste brokers and recyclers.
In Lagos, Africa, while there is a legitimate market and ability to repair and refurbish old electronic equipment including computers, monitors, TVs and cell phones, the local experts complain that of the estimated 500 40-foot containers shipped to Lagos each month, as much as 75% o the imports are junk and are not economically repairable or marketable. Consequently, this e-waste, ends up gathering dust in warehouses or dumped and burned near residences in empty lots, roadsides and in swamps creating serious health and environmental contamination.
DVD-R format

Author: 
Basel Action Network
Topic Areas: 
Hazardous Waste
Economics
Pollution
Target Audience: 
Grades 10-12
Adult
Government
Business Community
Geographic Location: 
All Minnesota
Pages/Length: 
23 min.
Date Produced/Published: 
2005
Fee: 
No
Library loan: 
Yes
Quantity: 
2
Is training required?: 
No
Seasonal: 
No
Contact(s) or order information.: 

Available for free* two-week loan from:

Learning Resource Center & Library
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
520 Lafayette Rd North
St. Paul MN 55155
651-757-2120 or 800-877-6300
resourcecenter.pca@state.mn.us

*borrower pays return postage.

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