At a landfill site in Ghana's capital Accra, old electrical appliances are incinerated to produce recyclable metal.

Priority area electronic waste Promoting proper recycling

Growing wealth, changing patterns of consumption and illegal imports are causing more and more electrical and electronic waste to be produced in Ghana. Currently, this waste is mainly processed at informal dumps, sometimes using recycling and waste disposal methods that are extremely harmful to the environment and hazardous to people’s health – for example the practice of burning the covering off cables to get at the valuable metals within

Germany is promoting the development of proper recycling and waste disposal systems and the development of economically viable business models for the sustainable management of electronic waste. In addition, the working and economic conditions of the people who have until now been processing electronic waste in the informal economy will also be improved.