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World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump - 03 Jul 2015 
The town of Guiyu in the economic powerhouse of Guangdong province in China has long been known as one of the world's largest electronic waste dump sites. At its peak, some 5,000 workshops in the
village recycle 15,000 tonnes of waste daily including hard drives, mobile phones, computer screens and computers shipped in from across the world. Many of the workers, however, work in poorly
ventilated workshops with little protective gear, prying open discarded electronics with their bare hands. Plastic circuit boards are also melted down to salvage bits of valuable metals such as gold,
copper and aluminum. As a result, large amounts of pollutants, heavy metals and chemicals are released into the rivers nearby, severely contaminating local water supplies, devastating farm harvests
and damaging the health of residents. The stench of burnt plastic envelops the small town of Guiyu, while some rivers are black with industrial effluent. According to research conducted by Southern
China's Shantou University, Guiyu's air and water is heavily contaminated by toxic metal particles. As a result, children living there have abnormally high levels of lead in their blood, the study
found. While most of the e-waste was once imported into China and processed in Guiyu, much more of the discarded e-waste now comes from within China as the country grows in affluence. China now
produces 6.1 million metric tonnes of e-waste a year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, second only to the U.S with 7.2 million tonnes. 
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1IUPO 
July 03, 2015 
A recycling electronic waste factory is seen beside a field in the township of Guiyu in China's southern... 
GUIYU, China 
Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
A recycling electronic waste factory is seen beside a field in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 10, 2015. The town of Guiyu in the economic powerhouse of Guangdong province in China has long been known as one of the world’s largest electronic waste dump sites. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1IUPP 
July 03, 2015 
Metal cases are piled up on the outskirts of the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province... 
GUIYU, China 
Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
Metal cases are piled up on the outskirts of the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 9, 2015. At its peak, some 5,000 workshops in the village recycle 15,000 tonnes of waste daily including hard drives, mobile phones, computer screens and computers shipped in from across the world. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1IUPR 
July 03, 2015 
Buffalos are seen adjacent to workshops recycling plastic components from electronic waste at the township... 
GUIYU, China 
Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
Buffalos are seen adjacent to workshops recycling plastic components from electronic waste at the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 10, 2015. Many of the workers, however, work in poorly ventilated workshops with little protective gear, prying open discarded electronics with their bare hands. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1IUQ0 
July 03, 2015 
A motor tricycle transports electronic waste to one of the small workshops for recycling in the township... 
GUIYU, China 
Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
A motor tricycle transports electronic waste to one of the small workshops for recycling in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 9, 2015. Plastic circuit boards are also melted down to salvage bits of valuable metals such as gold, copper and aluminum. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1IUPY 
July 03, 2015 
Workers illegally distribute old computers and printers to others for future recycling outside the government... 
GUIYU, China 
Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
Workers illegally distribute old computers and printers to others for future recycling outside the government designated recycling centre, at the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 8, 2015. Plastic circuit boards are also melted down to salvage bits of valuable metals such as gold, copper and aluminum. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1IUQ1 
July 03, 2015 
A polluted river flows past a workshop used for processsing plastic components of electronic waste at... 
GUIYU, China 
Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
A polluted river flows past a workshop used for processsing plastic components of electronic waste at the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 10, 2015. As a result, large amounts of pollutants, heavy metals and chemicals are released into the rivers nearby, severely contaminating local water supplies, devastating farm harvests and damaging the health of residents. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1IUQB 
July 03, 2015 
A worker distributes electronic waste at a government managed recycling centre at the township of Guiyu... 
GUIYU, China 
Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
A worker distributes electronic waste at a government managed recycling centre at the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 10, 2015. The stench of burnt plastic envelops the small town of Guiyu, while some rivers are black with industrial effluent. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1IUQ2 
July 03, 2015 
Circuit boards lie inside a home in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June... 
GUIYU, China 
Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
Circuit boards lie inside a home in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 8, 2015. According to research conducted by Southern China’s Shantou University, Guiyu’s air and water is heavily contaminated by toxic metal particles. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1IUQ7 
July 03, 2015 
A toy tricycle is seen on circuit boards at a workshop in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong... 
GUIYU, China 
Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
A toy tricycle is seen on circuit boards at a workshop in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 8, 2015. As a result, children living there have abnormally high levels of lead in their blood, the study found. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1IUQN 
July 03, 2015 
Workers recycle CD players at a workshop in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province... 
GUIYU, China 
Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
Workers recycle CD players at a workshop in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 9, 2015. While most of the e-waste was once imported into China and processed in Guiyu, much more of the discarded e-waste now comes from within China as the country grows in affluence. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1IUQQ 
July 03, 2015 
CD players for recycling are seen at a workshop in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong... 
GUIYU, China 
Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
CD players for recycling are seen at a workshop in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 9, 2015. China now produces 6.1 million metric tonnes of e-waste a year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, second only to the U.S with 7.2 million tonnes. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1IUQV 
July 03, 2015 
Old cellular phone components are discarded inside a workshop in the township of Guiyu in China's southern... 
GUIYU, China 
Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
Old cellular phone components are discarded inside a workshop in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 10, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1IUQZ 
July 03, 2015 
A worker recycles CD players at a workshop in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province... 
GUIYU, China 
Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
A worker recycles CD players at a workshop in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 9, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1IUQS 
July 03, 2015 
Plastic components of electronic waste are packed on a roadside in the township of Guiyu in China's southern... 
GUIYU, China 
Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
Plastic components of electronic waste are packed on a roadside in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 10, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1IUQO 
July 03, 2015 
Motor tricycles carrying electronic waste are transported to one of the small workshops for recycling... 
GUIYU, China 
Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
Motor tricycles carrying electronic waste are transported to one of the small workshops for recycling in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 10, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1IUQW 
July 03, 2015 
A polluted river flows past a workshop that is used for recycling electronic waste in the township of... 
GUIYU, China 
Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
A polluted river flows past a workshop that is used for recycling electronic waste in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 10, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1IURF 
July 03, 2015 
A new factory which is to be used for recycling waste is under construction at a government managed area... 
GUIYU, China 
Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
A new factory which is to be used for recycling waste is under construction at a government managed area in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 10, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1IURD 
July 03, 2015 
A man rides a motorcycle through the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 10,... 
GUIYU, China 
Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
A man rides a motorcycle through the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 10, 2015. The town of Guiyu in the economic powerhouse of Guangdong province in China has long been known as one of the world’s largest electronic waste dump sites. At its peak, some 5,000 workshops in the village recycle 15,000 tonnes of waste daily including hard drives, mobile phones, computer screens and computers shipped in from across the world. Many of the workers, however, work in poorly ventilated workshops with little protective gear, prying open discarded electronics with their bare hands. Plastic circuit boards are also melted down to salvage bits of valuable metals such as gold, copper and aluminum. As a result, large amounts of pollutants, heavy metals and chemicals are released into the rivers nearby, severely contaminating local water supplies, devastating farm harvests and damaging the health of residents. The stench of burnt plastic envelops the small town of Guiyu, while some rivers are black with industrial effluent. According to research conducted by Southern China’s Shantou University, Guiyu’s air and water is heavily contaminated by toxic metal particles. As a result, children living there have abnormally high levels of lead in their blood, the study found. While most of the e-waste was once imported into China and processed in Guiyu, much more of the discarded e-waste now comes from within China as the country grows in affluence. China now produces 6.1 million metric tonnes of e-waste a year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, second only to the U.S with 7.2 million tonnes. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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