Foreign Policy’s photo essay on E-waste

Posted on May 21, 2007


While perhaps not giving the scale element of Chris Jordan’s “Intolerable Beauty“, Natalie Behring’s “Inside the Digital Dump” certainly provides the human element.

“Technology drives the forces of globalization. But when we replace our computers and flat-screens with the newest in high-tech cool, what happens to the hardware we throw away? Welcome to the digital dumping ground, where the poor make a living off other people’s spare parts.”

“Some of the most popular destinations for dumping computer hardware include China, India, and Nigeria. It can be 10 times cheaper for a “recycler” to ship waste to China than to dispose of it properly at home. With the market for e-waste expected to top $11 billion by 2009, it’s lucrative to dump on the developing world.

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