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Urban Mining

Reclaiming precious metals from electronic waste (e-waste) is a major source of livelihood in the developing world. Joseph Akwah is a 17-year-old adolescent boy who uses his bare hands and stones to dismantle e-waste for the precious metals inside on the fringes of Agbogbloshie, a scrapyard in Ghana known for its heavy metals pollution. An […]

May 20, 2020

Urban mining: 17-year-old Akwah is carrying an old CRT TV on his head at Agbogbloshie, Ghana. The old television set was "urban mined" for iron materials. © 2020 Muntaka Chasant

Reclaiming precious metals from electronic waste (e-waste) is a major source of livelihood in the developing world. Joseph Akwah is a 17-year-old adolescent boy who uses his bare hands and stones to dismantle e-waste for the precious metals inside on the fringes of Agbogbloshie, a scrapyard in Ghana known for its heavy metals pollution. An […]

Reclaiming precious metals from electronic waste (e-waste) is a major source of livelihood in the developing world.

Joseph Akwah is a 17-year-old adolescent boy who uses his bare hands and stones to dismantle e-waste for the precious metals inside on the fringes of Agbogbloshie, a scrapyard in Ghana known for its heavy metals pollution.

An Urban Mining Technique

This is how Joseph Akwah does his recycling.

He regularly carries an old CRT TV on the head from the source to a nearby e-waste dump.

Then uses his bare hands and stones to reclaim the iron materials inside:

Then get rid of the broken panel glass.

There, finally.

Iron scrap sold for GH₵0.80 (around $0.15) in May 2020 at Agbogbloshie.

© 2020 Muntaka Chasant

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