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A quick glimpse of Agbogbloshie, Ghana's notorious e-waste graveyard, and one of the most toxic environments in the world

 

By Muntaka Chasant | 344 words | Reading time: 1.5 min

 

 

 Agbogbloshie, Accra, Ghana by Muntaka Chasant

Agbogbloshie e-waste dump, Accra, Ghana/ November 2018


Several studies, including the works of Richard Grant (1) (2), and Jack Caravanos (3), have closely examined the informal "urban mining" of copper and other valuable metals from electronics at the Agbogbloshie e-waste dump and its environmental and health implications for e-waste workers and the city's population. Agbogbloshie is located near the center of Accra, Ghana’s capital city.

 

Pure Earth (4) in 2013 rated Agbogbloshie among the world’s top ten most toxic environments, along with Chernobyl, the 1986 nuclear accident site in Ukraine, and Dzerzhinsk, Russia’s cold war-era chemical weapons manufacturing city, often described as the most chemically polluted city in the world.

 

Scavengers roam through the streets of Accra by foot, picking e-waste, sometimes from households, where they pay a small fee in exchange for old and unused electronics. This has emerged as a major livelihood strategy in many developing countries, including Ghana.

 

Below are some of the e-wastes, sheathed cables, etc. and how they are harvested for copper, which are resold and re-exported into the global reprocessing system.

 Tangled cables and wires Agbogbloshie Accra Ghana by Muntaka Chasant - ATCMASK.COM

Tangled cables and wires waiting to be harvested for copper.

 

Agbogbloshie scrapyard, Accra, Ghana/ November 2018


Tangled cables and wires Agbogbloshie Accra Ghana by Muntaka Chasant - ATCMASK.COM

Agbogbloshie e-waste dump, Accra, Ghana/ November 2018


Agbogbloshie E-waste Ghana by Muntaka Chasant

Agbogbloshie e-waste dump, Accra, Ghana/ December 2018


Agbogbloshie E-waste Ghana by Muntaka Chasant

Agbogbloshie e-waste dump, Accra, Ghana/ December 2018


Agbogbloshie, Accra, Ghana by Muntaka Chasant

Agbogbloshie e-waste dump, Accra, Ghana/ December 2018


Agbogbloshie e-waste urban mining Accra Ghana by Muntaka Chasant - ATCMASK.COM

Agbogbloshie e-waste dump, Accra, Ghana/ November 2018


Agbogbloshie e-waste urban mining Accra Ghana by Muntaka Chasant - ATCMASK.COM

Agbogbloshie scrapyard Accra, Ghana/ November 2018


Agbogbloshie e-waste urban mining Accra Ghana by Muntaka Chasant - ATCMASK.COM

Agbogbloshie scrapyard, Accra, Ghana/ December 2018


Agbogbloshie e-waste urban mining Accra Ghana by Muntaka Chasant - ATCMASK.COM

Cooling down freshly harvested copper.

 

Agbogbloshie e-waste dump, Accra, Ghana/ November 2018


Agbogbloshie e-waste urban mining Accra Ghana by Muntaka Chasant - ATCMASK.COM

Agbogbloshie e-waste dump, Accra, Ghana/ November 2018


Agbogbloshie e-waste urban mining Accra Ghana by Muntaka Chasant - ATCMASK.COM

Freshly harvested copper.

 

Agbogbloshie e-waste dump, Accra, Ghana/ November 2018


Agbogbloshie e-waste urban mining Accra Ghana by Muntaka Chasant - ATCMASK.COM Even the smallest pieces count.

 

Agbogbloshie e-waste dump, Accra, Ghana/ November 2018


Ghana's Sodom and Gomorrah by Muntaka ChasantThe nearby settlement where most of the e-waste workers live with their families.

 

Agbogbloshie, Accra, Ghana/ 18 December 2018


 

Agbogbloshie, Ghana - A short film


 

 

"Urban mining" in Accra, Ghana - A short film


 

 

See also: Air Pollution Killing More People in Ghana

 

See also: "Urban mining" and Air Pollution in Accra, Ghana

 

See also: "A Quick Glimpse of Ghana's "Sodom and Gomorrah" Slum

 

Please leave your comments below, and let us know what you think!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources


 

1. Grant, R. (2016). The "Urban Mine" in Accra, Ghana. RCC Perspectives, (1), 21-30. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/26241341 (Retrieved December, 2018)

2. Grant, R., & Oteng-Ababio, M. (2016). The Global Transformation of Materials and the Emergence of Informal Urban Mining in Accra, Ghana. Africa Today, 62(4), 3-20. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/africatoday.62.4.01 (Retrieved December, 2018)

3. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/290519876_Exploratory_Health_Assessment_of_Chemical_Exposures_at_E-Waste_Recycling_and_Scrapyard_Facility_in_Ghana (Retrieved December, 2018)

4. http://www.worstpolluted.org/docs/TopTenThreats2013.pdf (Retrieved December, 2018)

 

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