E-Wasteland | Photowork by Sophie Gerrard

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Sophie Gerrard was born in Edinburgh in 1978. She gained an Environmental Sciences Bachelors degree from Manchester University in 1999 and, after working for a time as an environmental consultant, returned to Edinburgh to study photography at Edinburgh College of Art. Her interest in documenting environmental issues lead to this kind of documentation work as E-Wasteland.

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According to the wikipedia, when we talk about electronic waste, we talk about this:

Electronic waste, e-waste, e-scrap, or Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) describes loosely discarded, surplus, obsolete, broken, electrical or electronic devices. The processing of electronic waste in developing countries causes serious health and pollution problems because electronic equipment contains some very serious contaminants such as lead, cadmium, beryllium and brominated flame retardants. Even in developed countries recycling and disposal of e-waste involves significant risk for examples to workers and communities and great care must be taken to avoid unsafe exposure in recycling operations and leaching of materials such as heavy metals from landfills and incinerator ashes.

This work from Sophie Gerrard shows electronic waste in India, which has become one of the world’s largest dumping grounds for e-waste. Now, India is confronted with a huge problem that is both locally generated and internationally imported. As a really lucrative industry, it is growing despite international efforts as the Basel Convention as well as the Basel Ban Amendment, officially banning the import of e-waste.

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“Everything has a value in India, nothing is wasted” -Kumar, Ash Recyclers

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“It is vital that we prevent India from becoming the e-waste dustbin for the West” -Vinuta Gopal, Greenpeace India

Don’t miss the complete photo-set | E-wasteland – The growing problem of e-waste in India.


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