Interesting to see The Guardian taking on the issue of the Europe and North America exporting e-waste (and any responsibility for it) to countries who are increasingly pushing back:
Songmetta, who has led raids on more than 26 illegal e-waste factories in recent weeks, described some of the recycling set-ups as “frightening”, with primitive and contaminating methods used to extract valuable metals from the electronics while the rest is thrown into vast incinerators that pump out toxic smoke. […]
While the word recycling implies doing good for the planet, in fact most of the e-waste recycling plants involve a dirty and toxic process to extract lead and copper that does huge amounts of environmental damage. The plastic in e-waste, such as computer screen casings, also contains high amounts of flame retardants that are poisonous if burned or recycled into cheap food packaging, as is happening in some of the factories.
It all feels pretty neo-colonial and given these kinds of issues around recycling e-waste, the argument for repair surely becomes even stronger!