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Electronic scrap in Lagos
Electronic scrap from Europe and the United States is littering the streets of Lagos, Nigeria, according to the environmental watchdog group Basel Action Network. In a report published Oct. 24, 2005, BAN says as much as 75 percent of exported gear intended for refurbishment and reuse is actually not marketable or repairable.
Workers at the Alaba market in Lagos unload a sea container filled with television sets and PC monitors. Imported electronic goods also include cast-off cell phones.