In the village of Sangrampur near Kolkata, a young girl carries a circuit board which she will deliver to her family nearby who are recycling E-Waste. Lead, mercury, arsenic and other toxic elements are released in the breakdown process and those who handle the waste have little to protect themselves from the harmful materials.
In the village of Sangrampur near Kolkata, a young girl carries a circuit board which she will deliver to her family nearby who are recycling E-Waste. Lead, mercury, arsenic and other toxic elements are released in the breakdown process and those who handle the waste have little to protect themselves from the harmful materials.

Villagers stand amongst piles of E-Waste in the village of Sangrampur, located south of Kolkata in north-east India. Globally, it is estimated that approximately 50 million tonnes of eWaste are produced annually which much of it ending up in countries such as India.
Villagers stand amongst piles of E-Waste in the village of Sangrampur, located south of Kolkata in north-east India. Globally, it is estimated that approximately 50 million tonnes of eWaste are produced annually which much of it ending up in countries such as India.

A woman segregates E-Waste as her child stands nearby in the village of Sangrampur, near Kolkata in north-east India.
A woman segregates E-Waste as her child stands nearby in the village of Sangrampur, near Kolkata in north-east India.

Second hand electronic dealers collect old computer monitors in the Chandni Chowk market in central Kolkata.
Second hand electronic dealers collect old computer monitors in the Chandni Chowk market in central Kolkata.

Second hand electronic waste dealers begin the breakdown process in the Chandi Chowk area in central Kolkata.
Second hand electronic waste dealers begin the breakdown process in the Chandi Chowk area in central Kolkata.

A worker at the Chandni Chowk second hand electronics market carries a computer monitor which will later be broken down and recycled.
A worker at the Chandni Chowk second hand electronics market carries a computer monitor which will later be broken down and recycled.

A child walks past a pile of discarded computer monitors, in the village of Sangrampur, doth of Kolkata. The village's main activity is the breakdown and recycling of many different types of E-Waste.
A child walks past a pile of discarded computer monitors, in the village of Sangrampur, doth of Kolkata. The village’s main activity is the breakdown and recycling of many different types of E-Waste.

In the AK Steel Market, in central Kolkata, a worker uses a hammer to break down E-Waste. Workers often have little to no safety equipment to protect them from the toxic elemets released in the recycling process.
In the AK Steel Market, in central Kolkata, a worker uses a hammer to break down E-Waste. Workers often have little to no safety equipment to protect them from the toxic elemets released in the recycling process.

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A electronics waste recycler handles circuit boards which have been partially dismantled. Lead, mercury, arsenic and other toxic elements are released in the breakdown process and workers often have little to no safety equipment to protect themselves.
A electronics waste recycler handles circuit boards which have been partially dismantled. Lead, mercury, arsenic and other toxic elements are released in the breakdown process and workers often have little to no safety equipment to protect themselves.

In the village of Sangrampur, south of Kolkata, a villager breaks down and sorts through various types of E-Waste.
In the village of Sangrampur, south of Kolkata, a villager breaks down and sorts through various types of E-Waste.

In the village of Sangrampur near Kolkata, children, along with their siblings and parents, collectively dismantle and handle the growing piles of waste.
In the village of Sangrampur near Kolkata, children, along with their siblings and parents, collectively dismantle and handle the growing piles of waste.

Children play barefoot near discarded piles of E-Waste. Lead, mercury, arsenic and other toxic elements are released in the breakdown process of E-Waste and often enter nearby local communities and homes.
Children play barefoot near discarded piles of E-Waste. Lead, mercury, arsenic and other toxic elements are released in the breakdown process of E-Waste and often enter nearby local communities and homes.

A young girl walls barefoot over E-Waste which her family is breaking down for recycling in the village of Sangrampur. Lead, mercury, arsenic and other toxic elements are released in the breakdown process and people often have little to no safety equipment to protect themselves.
A young girl walls barefoot over E-Waste which her family is breaking down for recycling in the village of Sangrampur. Lead, mercury, arsenic and other toxic elements are released in the breakdown process and people often have little to no safety equipment to protect themselves.

In the village of Sangrampur near Kolkata, children take part in the E-Waste recycling process. Lead, mercury, arsenic and other toxic elements are released in the breakdown process and those who handle the waste have little to protect themselves from the harmful materials.
In the village of Sangrampur near Kolkata, children take part in the E-Waste recycling process. Lead, mercury, arsenic and other toxic elements are released in the breakdown process and those who handle the waste have little to protect themselves from the harmful materials.

In the village of Sangrampur near Kolkata, young girls carry E-Waste which they will deliver to their families nearby who are involved in the recycling process. Lead, mercury, arsenic and other toxic elements are released in the breakdown process and those who handle the waste have little to protect themselves from the harmful materials.
In the village of Sangrampur near Kolkata, young girls carry E-Waste which they will deliver to their families nearby who are involved in the recycling process. Lead, mercury, arsenic and other toxic elements are released in the breakdown process and those who handle the waste have little to protect themselves from the harmful materials.

A young girl stands barefoot near piles of E-Waste in the village of Sangrampur near Kolkata. Lead, mercury, arsenic and other toxic elements are released in the breakdown process and those who handle the waste have little to protect themselves from the harmful materials.
A young girl stands barefoot near piles of E-Waste in the village of Sangrampur near Kolkata. Lead, mercury, arsenic and other toxic elements are released in the breakdown process and those who handle the waste have little to protect themselves from the harmful materials.

Three boys stand near E-Waste discarded at the side of a small pond in the village of Sangrampur near Kolkata. As electronic waste is broken down, harmful elements such as mercury, lead and arsenic leach into the soil and water resulting in the long-term poisoning of local resources.
Three boys stand near E-Waste discarded at the side of a small pond in the village of Sangrampur near Kolkata. As electronic waste is broken down, harmful elements such as mercury, lead and arsenic leach into the soil and water resulting in the long-term poisoning of local resources.

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