8.7 million tonnes of electronic waste are produced every year in Europe, part of which is shipped illegally to Africa. Much of it is labelled 'used goods' or 'development aid' but is often just toxic waste that puts people's health and the environment at risk.
The Agbogbloshie junkyard in Accra, Ghana, is the largest electrical goods scrap heap in West Africa. More than three thousand people live here in slums – in poverty and poor sanitary conditions. Many people earn a living here recycling the waste goods. They dismantle computers, televisions and refrigerators, melting down their components to extract metals such as copper and aluminium.