At a vast dumpsite in the west of Ghana’s capital Accra, small fires burn among piles of old computers, television screens and laptops, throwing plumes of thick black smoke into the air. Around them workers pick out motherboards, valuable metals and copper wires, burning away the plastic casings as they go – filling the air with toxic fumes.

This is one of the biggest dumps for electronic waste in the world, and among the most polluted places on earth. Every year hundreds of thousands of tonnes of e-waste find their way here from Europe and North America, where they are stripped of their valuable metals in the crudest form of recycling.

Source: Where many of our electronic goods go to die – BBC News