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China's E-Waste Village - 04 June 2014
On the outskirts of Beijing lies Dongxiaokou village, a major centre for recycling old electronic goods, or e-waste. Discarded electrical and electronic products, from abandoned air-conditioners to refrigerators, are collected and recycled mostly by migrant workers who either repair them or sell them on as scrap. Those in the business in Dongxiaokou grapple with poor infrastructure and sanitation facilities, in addition to dangers associated with handling e-waste. The village is now facing demolition to make way for an ambitious urbanisation plan, and residents are worried about losing their homes and work. Environmental issues will be under the spotlight on June 5, which marks World Environment Day.
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June 04, 2014
A woman walks near mounds of garbage, which were abandoned by recycling workers, at Dongxiaokou village...
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A woman walks near mounds of garbage, which were abandoned by recycling workers, at Dongxiaokou village...
A woman walks near mounds of garbage, which were abandoned by recycling workers, at Dongxiaokou village in Beijing May 18, 2014. On the outskirts of Beijing lies Dongxiaokou village, a major centre for recycling old electronic goods, or e-waste. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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June 04, 2014
Broken fridges are seen in the yard of a recycling workers' tenement house in Dongxiaokou village in...
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Broken fridges are seen in the yard of a recycling workers' tenement house in Dongxiaokou village in...
Broken fridges are seen in the yard of a recycling workers' tenement house in Dongxiaokou village in Beijing May 15, 2014. Discarded electrical and electronic products, from abandoned air-conditioners to refrigerators, are collected and recycled mostly by migrant workers who either repair them or sell them on as scrap. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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June 04, 2014
A recycling worker moves air-conditioning units in the yard of her tenement house at Dongxiaokou village...
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A recycling worker moves air-conditioning units in the yard of her tenement house at Dongxiaokou village...
A recycling worker moves air-conditioning units in the yard of her tenement house at Dongxiaokou village in Beijing May 28, 2014. Those in the business in Dongxiaokou grapple with poor infrastructure and sanitation facilities, in addition to dangers associated with handling e-waste. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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A puppy stands next to parts of dismantled electronic goods in the yard of a recycling workers' tenement...
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A puppy stands next to parts of dismantled electronic goods in the yard of a recycling workers' tenement...
A puppy stands next to parts of dismantled electronic goods in the yard of a recycling workers' tenement house at Dongxiaokou village in Beijing May 28, 2014. The village is now facing demolition to make way for an ambitious urbanisation plan, and residents are worried about losing their homes and work. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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June 04, 2014
A recycling worker holds wires which she collected from a dismantled microwave in the yard of her tenement...
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A recycling worker holds wires which she collected from a dismantled microwave in the yard of her tenement...
A recycling worker holds wires which she collected from a dismantled microwave in the yard of her tenement house at Dongxiaokou village in Beijing May 28, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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A recycling worker cuts a cable of an air-conditioning unit as he works in the yard of a tenement house...
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A recycling worker cuts a cable of an air-conditioning unit as he works in the yard of a tenement house...
A recycling worker cuts a cable of an air-conditioning unit as he works in the yard of a tenement house in Dongxiaokou village in Beijing May 29, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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The yard of a tenement house is reflected in a broken television set in Dongxiaokou village in Beijing...
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The yard of a tenement house is reflected in a broken television set in Dongxiaokou village in Beijing...
The yard of a tenement house is reflected in a broken television set in Dongxiaokou village in Beijing May 28, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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A recycling worker stands in the yard of a tenement house at Dongxiaokou village in Beijing May 28, 2014....
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A recycling worker stands in the yard of a tenement house at Dongxiaokou village in Beijing
A recycling worker stands in the yard of a tenement house at Dongxiaokou village in Beijing May 28, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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A recycling worker looks at a broken piano in the yard of a tenement house at Dongxiaokou village in...
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A recycling worker looks at a broken piano in the yard of a tenement house at Dongxiaokou village in...
A recycling worker looks at a broken piano in the yard of a tenement house at Dongxiaokou village in Beijing May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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A woman dismantles a broken air-conditioning unit to sell its parts as scrap, outside a tenement house...
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A woman dismantles a broken air-conditioning unit to sell its parts as scrap, outside a tenement house...
A woman dismantles a broken air-conditioning unit to sell its parts as scrap, outside a tenement house at Dongxiaokou village in Beijing May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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June 04, 2014
Recycling worker Gu Zhaofang is seen behind a blind as she speaks on her mobile phone at her tenement...
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Recycling worker Gu Zhaofang is seen behind a blind as she speaks on her mobile phone at her tenement...
Recycling worker Gu Zhaofang is seen behind a blind as she speaks on her mobile phone at her tenement house at Dongxiaokou village in Beijing May 20, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Laundry is hung out to dry in the yard of a recycling workers' tenement house in Dongxiaokou village...
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Laundry is hung out to dry in the yard of a recycling workers' tenement house in Dongxiaokou village...
Laundry is hung out to dry in the yard of a recycling workers' tenement house in Dongxiaokou village in Beijing May 15, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Recycling workers play poker in Dongxiaokou village in Beijing May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Recycling workers play poker in Dongxiaokou village in Beijing
Recycling workers play poker in Dongxiaokou village in Beijing May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Children play on abandoned wood panels in Dongxiaokou village in Beijing May 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon...
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Children play on abandoned wood panels in Dongxiaokou village in Beijing
Children play on abandoned wood panels in Dongxiaokou village in Beijing May 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Children's shoes rest against a window at a recycling workers' tenement house in Dongxiaokou village...
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Children's shoes rest against a window at a recycling workers' tenement house in Dongxiaokou village...
Children's shoes rest against a window at a recycling workers' tenement house in Dongxiaokou village in Beijing May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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A boy looks out a window at a school, which is attended by recycling workers' children, in Dongxiaokou...
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A boy looks out a window at a school, which is attended by recycling workers' children, in Dongxiaokou...
A boy looks out a window at a school, which is attended by recycling workers' children, in Dongxiaokou village in Beijing May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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A woman cooks dinner in the yard of a recycling workers' tenement house in Dongxiaokou village in Beijing...
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A woman cooks dinner in the yard of a recycling workers' tenement house in Dongxiaokou village in Beijing...
A woman cooks dinner in the yard of a recycling workers' tenement house in Dongxiaokou village in Beijing May 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Children play in their house, while their parents (not pictured) work on recycling air-conditioning units,...
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Children play in their house, while their parents work on recycling air-conditioning units, in Dongxiaokou...
Children play in their house, while their parents (not pictured) work on recycling air-conditioning units, in Dongxiaokou village in Beijing May 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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A woman washes dishes at a recycling workers' tenement house in Dongxiaokou village in Beijing May 15,...
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A woman washes dishes at a recycling workers' tenement house in Dongxiaokou village in Beijing
A woman washes dishes at a recycling workers' tenement house in Dongxiaokou village in Beijing May 15, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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A garbage collector carries a sack of of items abandoned by recycling workers at Dongxiaokou village...
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A garbage collector carries a sack of of items abandoned by recycling workers at Dongxiaokou village...
A garbage collector carries a sack of of items abandoned by recycling workers at Dongxiaokou village in Beijing May 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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A recycling worker moves an air-conditioning unit in Dongxiaokou village in Beijing May 29, 2014. REUTERS/Kim...
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A recycling worker moves an air-conditioning unit in Dongxiaokou village in Beijing
A recycling worker moves an air-conditioning unit in Dongxiaokou village in Beijing May 29, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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A man counts his money after selling recycled air-conditioning units to a vendor in the yard of a tenement...
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A man counts his money after selling recycled air-conditioning units to a vendor in the yard of a tenement...
A man counts his money after selling recycled air-conditioning units to a vendor in the yard of a tenement house at Dongxiaokou village in Beijing May 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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A garbage collector rides his tricycle as he looks for recyclable items on the streets of Beijing May...
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A garbage collector rides his tricycle as he looks for recyclable items on the streets of Beijing
A garbage collector rides his tricycle as he looks for recyclable items on the streets of Beijing May 26, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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A garbage collector takes a nap on his tricycle, as he waits for people to sell abandoned items to him,...
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A garbage collector takes a nap on his tricycle, as he waits for people to sell abandoned items to him,...
A garbage collector takes a nap on his tricycle, as he waits for people to sell abandoned items to him, in downtown Beijing May 26, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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A woman sleeps in a shop which sells recycled electronic goods at Yaojiayuan village in Beijing May 26,...
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A woman sleeps in a shop which sells recycled electronic goods at Yaojiayuan village in Beijing
A woman sleeps in a shop which sells recycled electronic goods at Yaojiayuan village in Beijing May 26, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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