Scrap Life - Pakistan with Robert Knoth

Background - 18 February, 2009

The story of e-waste

Thousands of tons of e-waste - such as discarded PCs, mobile phones and TVs - are dumped in Africa and Asia every year. Our research shows that some of this waste is exported to Pakistan..

In the Karachi district of Lyari, hundreds of workers, including teenage children, earn their livelihoods by dismantling the electronic scrap and extracting valuable components such as copper to sell. This is a insight into the personal cost of e-waste.

Manufactures can help ensure the problem of toxic e-waste is solved. Find out which companies are doing the most to tackle the problem.

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