Ever wondered what happens to old computers, television sets and mobile phones when people across the world go in for newer models? It is most likely that they end up in junkyards in India, waiting to be recycled, in a crude and hazardous manner.
After China imposed a ban on the import of e-waste in 2002, India has emerged as one of the largest dumping grounds for the developed world. Once electronic equipment, mostly computers, turns obsolete in the West, they are exported as e-waste to the South Asian market, mostly to India and Pakistan.
Gokul Nair reports from Chennai, India, where a large number of workers in the recycling industry extract useful metals from electronic waste or e-waste – putting both their health and the environment at great risk.