China is the E-Waste Computer dump for the world

Guiyu computer dump –

1. The Electronics Junkyard Dismantlers of Guiyu

    2008 Guiyu was once a peaceful rice-growing village located in the eastern province of Guangdong, southern China – that is – until a surge of broken computers and laptops arrived from the Western World. Since then, Guiyu has been proclaimed the World’s electronic-waste capital. For around $1.50 USD, around 60,000 local workers including children risk their lives and limbs to scramble for anything of value out of your old computer. Some workers go the river bank, located just outside the village, where they make small fires to heat an extremely toxic mixture dubbed Aqua Regia. It contains 75 per cent pure Hydrochloric Acid and 25 per cent pure Nitric acid. Using the mixture, workers try to extract the small amount of gold found within a number of electronic parts such as computer chips. This method is extremely harmful both to humans and environment, as it produces sulfur dioxide and chlorine. At best, protection comes in the form of only a pair of rubber boots or a pair of gloves; but many of the workers endure a day’s labor without any protection at all.

2. Much toxic computer waste lands in Third World

    “25 Feb 2002 … (AP) — What happened to that old computer after you sold it to a … That often involves operations like the dump in Guiyu or similar ones …”

3. The Seattle Times: Nation & World: E-waste dump of the world

    “9 Apr 2006 … A worker piles discarded aluminum computer casings on the back of a motorized transport at the town of Guiyu in southern China. …”

4. Electronic waste in Guiyu – Wikipedia

    “While taping part of the story onsite at an illegal recycling dump in Guiyu, representatives of the Chinese recyclers attempted without success to …”

5. E-Waste Not How–and why–we should make sure our old cell phones, TVs and PCs get dismantled properly

    “Even though holiday sales were down at least 2% from 2007, millions of Americans awoke Christmas morning to new computers, TVs and iPhones. (I didn’t, but thanks for the pens, Mom.) Many of those gifts were replacements or upgrades, which prompts the question, What should you do with your old cell phone and other electronic equipment?

6. KILLER Digital Dumping Grounds on Earth, in Agbogbloshie, Ghana …

    “23 Jul 2009 … BIGGEST Military Computer Hacking of ALL-TIME, from a normal …. The southern Chinese city of Guiyu has been completely built around the e-waste trade. … and maybe one day put the digital dumps out of business. …”

7. Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management March 2006, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 21-33 Environmental contamination from electronic waste recycling at …

    ” dismantling electronic equipment, selling computer … roller dump site. A reservoir located in the northern part of. Guiyu, approximately 6km from the …”

8. 2007 Elevated blood lead levels of children in Guiyu, an Electronic …

    “Guiyu has become a hub for illegal and unsafe computer recycling. … Dump. One of the worst polluted spots is Guiyu, China, where the levels of dioxin, …”

9. “12 Nov 2007 … “A migrant child from Henan province holds up a piece of e-trash, once a computer screen bearing a “Nokia” logo in a junk yard in Guiyu in …”

10. The WIP Contributors: E-waste: America’s Electronics Feed the …

    “26 Apr 2009 … The landscape of Guiyu, a remote town in China’s Guangdong province, … piles of unrecyclable computer waste imported from around the world in Guiyu, China. … Nigeria to this nearby informal dump sitting on a swamp. …”

11. Elevated Blood Lead Levels of Children in Guiyu, an Electronic …

    “Leaching of lead from computer printed wire boards and cathode ray tubes by … Johnson T. E-waste dump of the world. 2006. [[accessed 20 July 2006]]. …”

12. – Chinese Recyclers Live in Toxic E-Waste Dump

    “Chinese Recyclers Live in Toxic E-Waste Dump, Southern city of Guiyu full of … wires to recover copper and cooking computer motherboards to release gold. …”


    China produces 254 million tons of garage a year, or about a third of a kilogram per person per day—a third of the world’s annual trash and garbage output.

14. “2008 Following The Trail Of Toxic E-Waste
60 Minutes
is going to take you to one of the most toxic places on Earth — a place that government officials and gangsters don’t want you to see. It’s a town in China where you can’t breathe the air or drink the water, a town where the blood of the children is laced with lead. It’s worth risking a visit because, as correspondent Scott Pelley first reported last November, much of the poison is coming out of the homes, schools and offices of America.

15. E Waste

    “Burn houses in distance and smoke where computer parts from the United States are burned. … Guiyu is one of the biggest e-waste centers of the world. … Alaba market in Lagos, Nigeria to this nearby informal dump sitting on a swamp. …”

16. The World’s Electronic Waste Dump

Guiyu, China is often referred to as the “e-waste capital of the world.” The city employs over 150,000 electronic waste dis-assemblers, recyclers, and salvage workers who toil through 16-hour days tearing apart discarded computers and other electronic devices.

17. Where computers go to die — and kill | Salon News

    “10 Apr 2006 … Top: Woman in Guiyu, China, about to smash a cathode ray tube from a … A short distance inland, the trucks dump their loads in what looks like … rivers that have become dumping grounds for discarded computer parts. …”

18. Elevated blood lead levels of children in Guiyu, an Electronic

    “RESULTS: BLLs in 165 children of Guiyu ranged from 4.40 to 32.67 ….. Leaching of lead from computer printed wire boards and cathode ray tubes by municipal solid waste “Municipal waste” redirects here. … E-waste dump of the world. …”

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