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taizhou, zhejiang, China is the second largest producer in the world of electronic waste, with more than one million tonnes per year. |
It 's also the largest importer of electronic waste, since every year 70% of e-waste from the rest of the world flows in its territory. But here, more than elsewhere, e-waste is also an important source of profit, as well as being a cause of pollution of rivers and land. According to some studies, a computer monitor contaminates 80 tons of water.
Since 2003, China has scrapped at least 500 million television sets, 4 million refrigerators, 500 million of washing machines, 500 million computers and tens of millions of mobile phones, becoming the second largest producer of e-waste, just behind the United States.
In the photo, Xingtai farmer's Jiu Jiadian courtyard filled with old televisions.