E-waste Republic


On the outskirts of Accra, Ghana, sits Agbogbloshie, a relevant dump of electronic waste in Africa. This data-driven project shows how a social enterprise is converting such e-waste into valuable products.

  • €16,640 Budget in Euros
  • 2015 Final release date
  • 4 Round winner
  • 1 Location
  • 12 Durations in months

On the outskirts of Accra, Ghana, sits a smouldering wasteland, a slum carved into the banks of the Korle Lagoon, one of the most polluted bodies of water on earth. This is Agbogbloshie, one of the biggest dump of electronic waste in Africa and home to 40,000 people. Some 15,000 people, most of whom are between the age of 11 and 18, make their livings dismantling e-waste and burning wires to extract the copper in dangerous conditions.

However, Agbogbloshie is not only a dump: it is also where Recyhub, a social enterprise specialised in tools for e-waste recycling, focuses its activity on converting e-waste into a valuable product in a "clean, safe, sustainable way". Recyhub is building a Ghanaian hub for e-waste recycling and creates jobs for recyclers.

This story starts from Agbogbloshie – with a video/photo reportage focusing on the daily life of the inhabitants and recyclers. From the daily life in the Agbogbloshie dump, the narrative shifts to the on-going constructive projects, such as Recyhub and Restart Project. Their founders and participants are interviewed and play a central role in the narrative. On top of this, a data-driven big picture is provided to show quantitatively magnitude, costs, flows of e-waste in the world and the possible benefits of sustainable policies to handle, store and recycle it.

This project has multiple goals: to raise awareness on the issue among different audiences, to provide concrete solutions that reduce e-waste, to increase recycling and also to create jobs, to bind data with reality and human stories and to connect evidences to a global view of the phenomenon. The project is multilingual – Italian, Spanish and English.

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