Tag: e-waste

Narratives of dysfunction and success stories in e-waste recycling in India

Julia Perczel , September 25th, 2020

There is a growing consensus that India is going through a waste crisis, and this awareness unfolds parallel to an increasing awareness of the beyond-human time it takes…


Agbogbloshie: Dumping no more

guestauth0r , March 9th, 2020

Agbogbloshie is a part of an emergent globalised scrap economy that links peripheral markets to global metal flows. In this post, Dagna Rams argues for the need to…

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PSA: Beware of Easy Narratives

Josh Lepawsky , August 12th, 2019

This is a Twitter essay by Josh Lepawsky (@rubbishmaker) about one of many recent examples of reporting on the e-waste trade. Many of the problems specific to the…

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Mapping USA electronics manufacturing pollution

Josh Lepawsky , March 18th, 2019

The US ‘tech sector’ has been a major source of toxicant releases. These interactive maps show the chemical legacy of electronic manufacturing in the US.

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Ghana, Electronic Waste, and the Circular Economy

guestanthropologist , September 24th, 2018

By Tim Perkin As the demand for ICT increases worldwide, it is surprising how little is known about what happens to our electronic goods that are thrown away….

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Reorganized Organ: youth mentorship project

Josh Lepawsky , June 6th, 2017

Are you an artist, musician, hacker, tinkerer, or generally a curious person, between 18 and 24 years?

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Repair and Software: Updates, Obsolescence, and Mobile Culture’s Operating Systems

guestauth0r , April 28th, 2017

What is the role of software in planned obsolescence and waste? It may play a greater role than hardware…

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Special Issue of Continent: “R3pair Volume”

Max Liboiron , April 20th, 2017

Repair and waste share many points of convergence from an analytical perspective (as well as a practical one!). Continent has just released a special issue all about repair:

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Electronics Reuse and Recycling in Peru: A Photographic exploration

guestauth0r , March 27th, 2017

A walk down this little street in Peru’s capital provides a glimpse into an understated network that quietly plays a critical role in reducing the environmental impacts of…

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Enterprising Opportunities: Responsibilising Ghana’s Poor

guestanthropologist , February 27th, 2017

by Tim Perkin Agbogbloshie is an area of Accra, Ghana’s capital, which has become a graveyard for global electronic waste (e-waste). In light of its structural adjustment after…

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Trading on distortion

Josh Lepawsky , January 4th, 2016

The lead researcher on a seminal work mapping the international traffic of e-waste responds to criticism of his research on material flows.

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Criminal Negligence? (Part 2)

guestauth0r , November 27th, 2015

There is little evidence that transnational shipments of “e-waste” derive from attempts by exporters to elude strict environmental regulations and indicate rather that global flows are mainly driven…

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Criminal Negligence?

guestauth0r , June 24th, 2015

By Josh Lepawsky, Joshua Goldstein, and Yvan Schulz On 12 May 2015 the United Nations Environmental Program announced the release of a new report called Waste Crime –…

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