Wide world of e-scrap

Wide world of e-scrap

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Aug. 8, 2014

A leader at the UN's StEP initiative discusses the issue of e-scrap dumping grounds in a recently published interview. Our look at the global electronics recycling landscape covers that story and more.

Ruediger Kuehr, executive secretary of the United Nations University's Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP), recently spoke with TECHtonics' journalist Aida Akl on the global e-scrap marketplace. According to Kuehr, 50 million tons of e-scrap are generated each year around the world and developing and transition countries end up becoming easy "dumping grounds." Read more of the wide-ranging discussion here.

BBC has compiled a slideshow of images depicting India's underground, informal e-scrap space. In the series of evocative photographs, viewers get a first-hand look at both the radically inventive repair and resale culture there and the pervasive dismantling practices taking place in homes and on streets throughout the country.

A group in West Africa has managed to make a 3-D printer from discarded electronic pieces. The final product, which is said to work just as smoothly as ultra-expensive models, costs less than $100 to make. "The better question is why hasn’t anyone thought to set up a hackerspace before now," said one member of the group.

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