A report linked at CWIT's website, however, admits only 7% of used electronics imported to Ghana are dumped, rather than 80-90%: "Nevertheless, 14 % of the imported e-equipment (equalling around 30,000 t) was not functioning in 2009. While half of this volume was reparable, the other half was clearly in a condition beyond repair (see Figure 2)."http://www.oeko.de/oekodoc/2059/2014-633-en.pdf
New investigations of Agbogbloshie "e-waste dump" have found little or no evidence of the dumping claims. Adam Minter, author of 2014 bestseller Junkyard Planet, wrote "Anatomy of a Myth" this week. http://shanghaiscrap.com/2015/... African blogger Emmanuel Nyalete also visited Agbogbloshie, and pointed out that African teledensity (per World Bank) could not have grown at double and triple digits per year if imports had not been reused.
Is it too late for CWIT and Interpol to reverse course? While UK imprisons African importers (see slashdot story on Joe Benson http://news.slashdot.org/story... (who purchased used tech on behalf of buyers in Africa), African activists in Agbogbloshie are reporting that the real reason for the "dumping story" is a land grab. It will soon be too late to investigate further — Ghana developers began forced evictions, and bulldozed the scrapyard and surrounding shantytown late yesterday. Photos armed police evicting the recyclers appear this AM on Twitter, and at http://citifmonline.com/2015/0... and in this blog http://retroworks.blogspot.com...
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