Haunting photos of a village built to handle electronic waste

Stripped computers and air-conditioners are part of daily Chinese village life.
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Image courtesy REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

Reuters calls it a hub for electronic rubbish. That would be Dongxiaokou village, which sits on the outskirts of Beijing in China. Here all manner of  e-waste is sent to be stripped for recycling or just plain scrap. Dongxiaokou’s residents grapple with poor infrastructure and sanitation facilities, in addition to dangers associated with handling e-waste. The village is now facing demolition and residents are worried about losing their homes and work, according to Reuters. China is now the planet’s second biggest producer of it, only behind the United States, according to information from a 2013 environmental conference.

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