Skeletons of computers show 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 puts a child’s face on the wider consequences.
WHAT IT SHOWS: A girl passes a heap of circuit boards in an alley, holding her nose because of the strong smell of tin solder. Every year Guiyu takes in more than a million tons of computer waste, imported from all over the world. About 40,000 local farmers and 100,000 migrant workers make their living from the e-waste, which contains toxic ingredients such as lead, beryllium and mercury. The workers risk catching respiratory and skin diseases, eye infections and even cancer.