This dramatic image shows the scale of waste produced from modern lifestyles, where persistent demand for new electronics, coupled with their short lifespans has led to an entire industry just to deal with the resulting waste. This image taps into the dislike that most have for waste, and may help to connect individual actions (e.g. buying a new phone) to wider consequences.
WHAT IT SHOWS: Electronics recycling facility Metran in Kematen, Austria is where metals and plastics are sorted after the waste is first shredded at Mueller-Guttenbrunn in Amstetten. At a shake table the waste is separated by friction as hard items drop through first because they have less friction. The drum turns and small objects drop through the holes.