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Wire Strippers Bring Some Relief From Ghana’s Toxic Smoke

For years, poor Ghanaians have been burning old electronics in the open air to extract precious metals and sell them as scrap.  But a new recycling center may mean the end of e-waste burning in Ghana.  On the shores of a trash-clogged lagoon in Ghana’s capital Accra, scrap dealers set gutted electronics ablaze.  Fire melts the plastic that stands between the scrap dealers and precious metals like copper. Black smoke belches from the Agbogbloshie neighborhood across the...

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