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The E-Waste Tragedy

Posters
Country
Spain, France
Year
2014
Directors
Cosima Dannoritzer
Runtime
86 and 52 min
Language
English
Closed Captions
No

New Zealand premiere about the illegal recycling of electronics is a toxic business on a global scale. This documentary seeks for answers as three-quarters of the waste keeps mysteriously disappearing from the recycling system.

Every year, up to 50 million tons of electronic waste - computers, television sets, mobile phones, household appliances - are discarded in the developed world. 75% of this waste disappears from the legal recycling circuits, with much of it being shipped illegally to India, China or Africa. Illegal recycling and waste dumping is a multi-million dollar business, polluting the environment and destroying the lives and health of those forced to live with it.

This film takes the viewer on a breathtaking journey of investigation to Europe, China, Africa and the US. It reveals how the European recycling system, ruined by lack of controls, greed and corruption, leaks like a sieve to shady international exporters; how harbour officials in Europe and Asia are fighting a losing battle against the immense volume of e-waste crossing the oceans; why the US are the biggest exporter in the world; and how whole cities in China are drowning in our discarded appliances, where they are recycled with a total disregard for the environment or the future. As a result, recycled and damaged computer chips are creeping into the production of electronics that control key aspects of our lives, such as public transport, creating a huge security risk in the process.

Can the toxic tide be stemmed, or are too many people willingly turning a blind eye?

Event times / locations
Friday 12 May 2017 at 3:30 PM
Focal Point Feilding, 81 Manchester St, Feilding
Wednesday 10 May 2017 at 6:00 PM
Sir Geoffrey Peren Building at Massey
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