Are you researching, writing a term paper, or studying electronics recycling and / or international trade in so-called “E-Waste” or “WEEE”? Here is a list of important links to actual studies of exports of used electronics devices from developed countries to buyers in emerging markets.

2015: Here are 5 very recent reports, based on a month investigation of the scrapyard “Agbogbloshie” (aka “Old Fadama”) in Ghana. WR3A brought journalists to meet both the “Tech Sector” importers and the “scrap men” who collect exhausted equipment from around the city of Accra (about 3M residents).

Here are some of our own photos, redistributed by National Geographic’s website.

The result, called “ewastegate” by some members, shows that Agbogbloshie was NOT “the largest” e-waste dumpsite on earth. It was not even remotely close. It was an automobile scrap yard. The number of foreign “sea containers” per year dumped there is zero. Yet BBC, PBS, and other “press” about the site was introduced as “common knowledge” during the trial of African TV repair companies importing to Ghana.

And not all the news is “new”. The exaggeration and hyperbole about E-waste export has been disproven for years.

Researching policy on where electronics come from (mining) or go to (reuse, recycling, or disposal)? These organizations have valuable perspective on the sustainability of the life cycle of products our society consumes.

Five Important links to Groups Discussing repair, reuse, recycling and Fair Trade exports