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Agbogbloshie Ghana E-waste Images

Latest Agbogbloshie E-waste Photos

March 21, 2020

Agbogbloshie 2020 e-waste Photo. © 2020 Muntaka Chasant

Latest Agbogbloshie E-waste Photos

Agbogbloshie

The unsafe dismantling and processing of e-waste at Agbogbloshie have raised issues of toxicity for more than a decade now.

A study in 2013 found lead levels of 18,125 parts per million (ppm) in one of the soil content samples collected from Agbogbloshie1. US EPA’s recommended standard for lead in bare soil in a non-play area such as Agbogbloshie is 1200 ppm.2

The Basel Action Network (2019) also found hazardous chemicals such as chlorinated dioxins, Polychlorinated biphenyl, and Short-chain chlorinated paraffins in free-range chicken eggs in Agbogbloshie, suggesting food chain contamination.3

E-waste Images

Below are some recent electronic waste photos from Agbogbloshie, Ghana.

These computer components/printed circuit boards were mostly recovered from locally generated e-waste.

A local company exports them outside of Ghana, where advanced processes are used to recover precious metals such as gold, copper, silver, and palladium4. But they also contain toxic substances such as lead and barium5.

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© 2020 Muntaka Chasant

Sources

  1. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/290519876_Exploratory_Health_Assessment_of_Chemical_Exposures_at_E-Waste_Recycling_and_Scrapyard_Facility_in_Ghana
  2. https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/csem/csem.asp?csem=34&po=8
  3. https://www.ban.org/news/2019/4/24/rotten-eggs-e-waste-from-europe-poisons-ghanas-food-chain
  4. https://www.intechopen.com/books/integrated-waste-management-volume-ii/recycling-of-printed-circuit-boards
  5. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/234110547_Characterisation_of_Computer_Printed_Circuit_Boards_for_Hazardous_Properties_and_Beneficiation_Studies

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