Every year, developed countries throw away up to 50 million metric tons of electrical and electronic waste – computers, TVs, cell phones, appliances. 75% of the waste disappears from the legal recycling channels and a large part is illegally sent to China, India, or Africa…
This illegal traffic is a flourishing market of several million dollars that gravely pollutes the environment and affects the health of the local populations.
This film shows us an unknown world from Europe to the U.S. and from Ghana to China.
It reveals how the European recycling system suffers from lack of controls, from corruption and greed and lets in the illegal exporters, how the port authorities in Europe and in Asia are fighting a losing battle against the enormous amount of electronic waste crossing our oceans and how entire cities in China are submerged in used appliances where they are partially recovered, while showing complete contempt for the environment.
A stunning consequence of this vicious circle: damaged and recycled electronic microchips are sometimes found in new production of electronics used in public transportation or in medical devices, thus creating huge security risks.
Can this tide of toxic waste be stopped?
How much longer are we going to ignore the problem?
Cosima Dannoritzer’s last movie “PRET A JETER” (READY TO TOSS) opened our eyes on the planned obsolescence of consumer products and namely, of electrical and electronic equipment.
These appliances are known to have shorter and shorter lifespans because of technological advances and their use, but also because of the deliberate policies of the manufacturers, of our hunger for consumption, of this new “religion” of wanting the latest gadget.
We are all players and are responsible for this waste, this scandal.
“E-WASTE TRAFFIC” picks up the story where ‘READY TO TOSS” left off.
We are trying to understand how it is possible that such a huge quantity of electrical and electronic waste, all highly toxic, can leave Western countries every day and end up in Africa, in China or other countries when we know exporting this kind of waste is illegal?
Why this choice?
Large-scale traffic of electronics, inefficiency of the recycling policies in this field and the health and environmental consequences it all has are denounced thanks to a well-conducted investigation…
Or how the Western countries get rid of their electronic waste or e-waste and make Africa their trash bin.
Director : Cosima Dannoritzer
Production : YUZU PRODUCTIONS & Media 3.14
Year : 2014
Country : France - Spain
Awards : Prix Spécial du Jury - Filmambiente (Rio de Janeiro)
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