Are you researching, writing a term paper, or studying electronics recycling and / or international trade in so-called "E-Waste" or "WEEE"? Here is a list of important links to actual studies of exports of used electronics devices from developed countries to buyers in emerging markets.
2015: Here are 5 very recent reports, based on a month investigation of the scrapyard "Agbogbloshie" (aka "Old Fadama") in Ghana. WR3A brought journalists to meet both the "Tech Sector" importers and the "scrap men" who collect exhausted equipment from around the city of Accra (about 3M residents).
The result, called "ewastegate" by some members, shows that Agbogbloshie was NOT "the largest" e-waste dumpsite on earth. It was not even remotely close. It was an automobile scrap yard. The number of foreign "sea containers" per year dumped there is zero. Yet BBC, PBS, and other "press" about the site was introduced as "common knowledge" during the trial of African TV repair companies importing to Ghana.
And not all the news is "new". The exaggeration and hyperbole about E-waste export has been disproven for years.
Basel Convention Reports(not "Basel action network" - this is the real international organization). See actual stastics from hundreds of sea container inventories in Ghana and Nigeria, showing 85%-90% reuse. Learn how most material in African dumps was used in Africa for decades, "e-waste" generated by Africans, not recently imported from EU and USA.
Survey: Inside the U.S. Electronics Recycling Industry (September 2011, David Daoud, IDC) documents processing capacity for "non-reuse" e-waste in the USA to exceed the amount of used electronics generated or disposed, placing 35,296 Americans in full-time employment performing this work. The Report claims that 70% of this material (by weight) can be tracked as scrap sales (steel, aluminum, plastic, copper, etc.), 10% resold as fully functional equipment, and 18% sold for repair and refurbishment.
Researching policy on where electronics come from (mining) or go to (reuse, recycling, or disposal)? These organizations have valuable perspective on the sustainability of the lifecycle of products our society consumes.