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Migrant workers sort plastics in a junk yard that processes electronic trash in Guiyu in southern China's Guangdong province.  Each year, between 20 and 50 million tons of electronic waste is generated globally. Most of it winds up in the developing world. Some of the most popular destinations for dumping computer hardware include China, India, and Nigeria. It can be 10 times cheaper to ship waste to China than to dispose of it properly at home. With the market for e-waste expected to top $11 billion by 2009, it's lucrative to dump on the developing world.
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Migrant workers sort plastics in a junk yard that processes electronic trash in Guiyu in southern China's Guangdong province. Each year, between 20 and 50 million tons of electronic waste is generated globally. Most of it winds up in the developing world. Some of the most popular destinations for dumping computer hardware include China, India, and Nigeria. It can be 10 times cheaper to ship waste to China than to dispose of it properly at home. With the market for e-waste expected to top $11...
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