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Ghana, Agbogbloshie: Dangerous burning of electronic waste replaced by mechanized recycling

Informal e-waste recycling is an important source of income for the thousands in Agbogbloshie, in the heart of Accra, a city of 2 million. Burning the electronic scrap to recover prized metals, particularly copper, has taken a dreadful toll on the health of recyclers and on the environment. Now wire-stripping machines offer a safer and better way to extract the metals. Plans are already underway to make Agbogbloshie a model for sustainable e-waste recycling in Ghana and Africa. 

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