E-waste lands: a story of waste through photos

Through a friend I happened to stumble across this great documentary project by photographer Sophie Gerrard.

Her images typically represent e-waste lands, created through the illegal shipping of electronic waste to countries like India and China. In my research I’ve come across studies that have estimated that of the e-waste that is supposedly collected for recycling, 80% gets shipped off to developing countries in Asia and Africa. Pretty shocking.

In the EU, even though we have implemented the EU WEEE Directive and the Basel Convention, this report by Greenpeace states that 75% of e-waste remains part of the ‘hidden flow’ of electronic rubbish; ‘hidden’ because it slips through regulation and recycling.

Click on the image above to view Sophie Gerrard’s E-wasteland project.