A while back, I wrote a blog post about when we recycled almost 800 printers.
Well, what would have happened if we hadn’t recycled them responsibly?
In the city of Accra, Ghana, the West African nation’s capital, there is an electronic waste dump called Agbogbloshie.
Here, young boys pull apart old electronics and burn them to remove any metals they can sell.
It’s incredibly dangerous and hazardous to their health. In fact, many of the boys who have spent a lot of time at Agbogbloshie have started to die much younger than boys who haven’t.
That’s why Applied Imaging is committed to making sure old printers and copiers that are returned to us are recycled responsibly.
We partner with local organizations who take apart the machines and sell the scrap so it can be reused.
Not only is this better for the environment, but it’s helping save lives around the world.
If you’re interested in more information about Agbogbloshie, check out the documentary E-Wasteland or listen to this article on NPR.