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CHINA E-WASTE 04

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Discarded computer keyboards lie in a pile in the street in an area where much of the world's electronic waste _ from cell phone chargers to mainframe computers _ ends up in Guiyu and other small towns like it in eastern China, Thursday March 16, 2006. Workers, many of them poorly paid migrants strip, smash and melt down circuit boards, mainly to extract the copper and other precious metals inside.The business has created massive pollution from leaded glass and other toxic materials. Such pollution could be mitigated by moves to recycle and properly dispose of so-called electronic waste that are gaining ground in the West.
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Elizabeth Dalziel
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CHINA E-WASTE
Discarded computer keyboards lie in a pile in the street in an area where much of the world's electronic waste _ from cell phone chargers to mainframe computers _ ends up in Guiyu and other small towns like it in eastern China, Thursday March 16, 2006. Workers, many of them poorly paid migrants strip, smash and melt down circuit boards, mainly to extract the copper and other precious metals inside.The business has created massive pollution from leaded glass and other toxic materials. Such pollution could be mitigated by moves to recycle and properly dispose of so-called electronic waste that are gaining ground in the West.