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Photo essay: China's hi-tech toxics
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E-Waste graveyard

Large trucks bring containers of hard drives, monitors, servers and other hi-tech cast-offs. Workers break them up, salvage what they can sell and leave the rest on the streets for others to pick through. A crackdown by the Chinese authorities earlier this year closed some of the workshops. I posed as a student to visit the remaining ones. Some owners were very aggressive others invited me in for tea. These workers are sorting plastic by heating it with a cigarette lighter and sniffing the fumes. They complained of headaches.
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