It was a place, said correspondent Scott Pelley “where you can’t breathe the air or drink the water…where the blood of the children is laced with lead.”
How had the town of Guiyu gotten that way? Much of the blame lies with e-waste: old computers, cell phones and other electronic devices thrown away by Americans who thought they were recycling their technological assets.
Instead, these electronics were shipped to China, and then broken down for the valuable metals inside them, leaving toxic materials like mercury and lead behind.
And not much has changed since 2008. A recent report by Reuters found that Guiyu remains one of the largest — if not the largest — e-waste dump in the world.
Stories like this illustrate why it’s best to find an asset recovery solutions company with an environmentally responsible worldview. At CWI, most of the equipment we process can be resold and reused, which is the greenest way to dispose of old devices.