China: Electronic Wastebasket of the World?

As the world’s largest producer of electronic products, China also plays a key role in the recycling and disposal of e-waste. From old computer parts to refrigerators, a large share of the world’s old electronics end...

Video: Following The Trail Of Toxic E-Waste

With lead poisoning in China in the news, 60 Minutes reran and updated their story from last November about e-waste in Guiyu. From their introduction: 60 Minutes is going to take you to one of the most toxic places on Earth...

Photo Series: Villages Filled with E-waste carries some photos taken in Guiyu, Guangdong, and presents the scenes of the e-waste “recycling” processes in the villages of the trash town. Rivers run black, the air is filled with toxic fumes and...

Following The Trail Of Toxic E-Waste

CBS News has released a preview of this Sunday’s 60 Minutes program about e-dumping in China, which shows a camera crew being roughed up while filming in Guiyu: Jumped by a gang of men overseeing the e-waste operations who...

EPA Lets Electronic Waste Flow Freely, GAO Report Says

A new report from the Government Accountability Office blames the Environmental Protection Agency for the dumping of hazardous electronic waste into other countries such as China. From the Washington Post: The 63-page report...

Chinese Town Where Old Presents Go To Die – Richard Spencer

Another chapter in the Guiyu e-waste story, this time from Daily Telegraph with a holiday twist: The Chinese town of Guiyu is the graveyard of Christmas past. It is where presents – game consoles, laptops, mobile phones – come to die. It is also where they are reborn. In this giant scrap-yard, so dangerously polluted […]

The Circuit Board Bakers of Guiyu – Andrew Leonard

Salon’s How the World Works blog writes about Michael Zhao’s eDump documentary: A lifetime of blog posts decrying the environmental toll of high-tech industrial production does not begin to approach the impact of Michael Zhao‘s 20-minute documentary on the processing of e-waste in Guiyu, China. The images are extraordinary and unforgettable. The land, air, and […]

Electronic Waste Documentary Preview – Michael Zhao

This film took a very long time (more than a year) to produce. And it took not only a great deal of hard work, but also a lot of sadness to overcome to struggle to the finish line (for now). First I produced a multimedia package on this issue, available at Then my colleagues […]

E-waste Recycling is Serious Health Threat in China – Jeremy Elton Jacquote

From When used computers, televisions and other electronic products are ready to go up to that big scrap heap in the sky, they often end their journeys lying in some large landfill in China. Indeed, over the last decade, China has quickly become the de facto repository for developed countries’ discarded electronics, known collectively […]

The great trash debate – various

The revelation by a minister in the UK earlier this week that the volume of Britain’s trash shipments to China have increased nearly 160-fold in the last decade prompted calls from the Liberal Democrats for the country to take care of more of its own recycling. Now it seems China it also looking into the […]



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