Infamous Chinese e-Waste Town Finally Closes Doors to Imports


Last week, Jim Puckett, Executive Director of Basel Action Network and Lai Yun, Founder and Executive Director of the Society of Canton Nature Conservation witnessed the recycling streets of Guiyu as ‘a ghost-town’ with all operations shuttered and only a few abandoned piles of e-waste left behind in some yards and waysides. The old chimneys, behind which hundreds of women sat cooking circuit boards in shallow woks just a few months ago, have been cut away and the holes cemented up. Large red banners hung across the roadways promising stiff fines and power being cut for any that fail to move to the industrial park.

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Relocated workshop in new Industrial Park. Copyright BAN 2015.Relocated workshop in new Industrial Park. Copyright BAN 2015.
Waste piled up outside new Industrial Park workshops. Copyright BAN 2015.Waste piled up outside new Industrial Park workshops. Copyright BAN 2015.
Waste piled high at truck receiving center, Industrial Park, Guiyu. Copyright BAN 2015.Waste piled high at truck receiving center, Industrial Park, Guiyu. Copyright BAN 2015.
Cut chimneys where formerly e-waste laborers cooked circuit boards inside houses in Guiyu. Copyright BAN 2015.Cut chimneys where formerly e-waste laborers cooked circuit boards inside houses in Guiyu. Copyright BAN 2015.
Banner proclaiming deadline of December 1, 2015 for all recyclers to move to Industrial Park or face power cut-off. Copyright BAN 2015.Banner proclaiming deadline of December 1, 2015 for all recyclers to move to Industrial Park or face power cut-off. Copyright BAN 2015.
New Industrial Park units for circuit board cooking, showing new chimney system. Copyright BAN 2015.New Industrial Park units for circuit board cooking, showing new chimney system. Copyright BAN 2015.