October 24, 2014
Alex Gorosh is a filmmaker with a lot of gadgets. He wondered one day: truly, where do these gadgets go to die? Is there really an electronic afterlife?
Here is what happened when Gorosh decided to follow his gadgets all the way to Agbogbloshie, Ghana, and found out that our idea of recycling is not actually what happens when these gadgets get shipped overseas. This particular trip took him to “hell on earth”, and according to his about page, he has gone many places at the behest of many companies.
This village in Ghana is just one of the many overseas destinations that accept our electronics “for recycling”. Environmental regulations in places like this aren’t what they are in the US, so the items are able to be burned down for scrap metal right among the places where families sleep, play, and eat. “The area is so high in crime and pollution that it’s nicknamed ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’,” Gorosh mentions in the video.
“If you don’t discard your electronics in a responsible way, there’s a lot of places just like this where they end up.”
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