Where TVs go after they die

Electronic waste dumped in residential area just outside of Alaba market in Lagos. This e-waste is routinely burned here.

Check out an excellent interview with Jim Puckett, executive director of the Basel Action Network on Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

In the interview, Puckett explains why certain toxic components of our devices are un-recycleable, and how 80% of techno-waste that U.S. consumers take to a recycling center ends up in  China, Nigeria, India, Vietnam and Pakistan. Needless to say, the toxic stuff stays toxic, and causes great harm to the workers and residents of those countries.