July 14, 2014

“E-Wasteland” Documentary

A couple weeks back, we wrote a blog post regarding electronic waste and the troubling effect it has had on Ghana’s environment. Now, Australian filmmaker David Fedele has made a short documentary, called E-Wasteland, regarding the same topic. The film gives viewers an up-close and personal view of the Agbogbloshie electronic waste dump in Ghana.

According to Fedele, “It’s basically 24 hours a day, seven days a week, of burning old electronics to remove the plastics, and get small amounts of metal that can be salvaged and resold. It’s in a constant state of dark toxic smoke, and the smell is unimaginable and never-ending.”E-Wasteland

While some may argue that this is how locals are making their livelihood, Ben Schiller of Fast Company notes that “the best way to close Agbogbloshie is to renew agriculture or offer other alternatives in its place.” This way, locals would still be able to make a living for themselves and contribute to their local economy without harming themselves and the environment by exposure to the hazardous materials found in electronic waste.

You can check out E-Wasteland here. Please share the film on your Facebook and Twitter as well. The more awareness we can bring to this issue, the more action that can be taken to remove electronic waste from Ghana.

As always, you can also contribute to efforts stateside by simply recycling your used and unwanted electronics with us! Contact our corporate headquarters at (877) 625-7945 to find a collection site in your area. Also be sure to find us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on recycling events near your neighborhood!