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The World's Electronic Waste

January 6th, 2016

Episode 431 of 643 episodes

Ed Butler visits one of the biggest dumps for electronic waste in the world, in Accra in Ghana. Ghanaian researcher Atiemo Sampson explains the toxic effects of the waste on the people who work there, and material scientist Hywel Jones discusses how much of a modern mobile phone can be recycled. Walter Alcorn from the Consumer Technology Association in the US tells us what the tech industry is doing about the e-waste problem. (Photo: Agbogbloshie waste dump in Accra, Ghana, Credit: BBC)