Do Your Part to Change the Narrative of The World's Largest E-Waste Dump - Agbogbloshie
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Every year over 215,000 tons of e-waste is legally and illegally dumped at Agbogbloshie (Ghana) from the more developed western countries. Unfortunately, the repercussions of this have been the severe environmental degradation that has manifested itself at Agbogbloshie dubbed "Sodom and Gomorrah". Low-income inhabitants (poor men, women and children) trying to survive practice the burning of this electronic waste and scrap to salvage and sell the metals derived from this process. This self-harmful burning has serious health implications.
Low-income inhabitants (poor men, women and children) trying to survive practice the burning of this electronic waste and scrap to salvage and sell the metals derived from this process. This self-harmful burning is severely detrimental to the health of these individuals and releases toxic gases into the atmosphere. However, Agbogbloshie is more than just a dump site, a micro-economy has been established at the Old Fadama slum regarding the profitable redistribution and sale of metal scrap by the inhabitants at Agbogbloshie.
It is expected that Ghana’s e-waste imports will double by 2020, the report said assuming growth continues in a linear manner. Subsequently, the "Agbogblo.Shine Initiative" is a non-profit foundation that seeks to fund social enterprises and projects dedicated to applying design-thinking to solve problems regarding e-waste. The first business we intend to support is involved in the repurposing of scrap and e-waste to create high-end furniture with a decidedly African aesthetic. This business also seeks to recruit and employ scrap burners from Agbogbloshie to train them vocationally in the art of the craftsmanship involved in making the furniture pieces - a job with no health implications and no inhalation of black smoke. This will mitigate the practice of mass burning and mitigate the waste.
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