Kenyans process old electronics

Gear stripped, sent to nations that glean minerals, metals

Posted: August 25, 2014 at 2:08 a.m.

In this photo taken Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, workers unload and sort through a container full of electronic waste that was collected from a Nairobi slum and brought in for recycling, at the East African Compliant Recycling facility in Machakos, near Nairobi, in Kenya. The amount of electronic waste generated globally last year is enough to fill 100 Empire State Buildings and represents more than 15 pounds (6.8 kilograms) for every living person, according to the U.N. Environmental Program, with much of that e-waste exported to developing countries like India and Kenya in the form of used goods. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

MACHAKOS, Kenya -- In an industrial area outside Kenya's capital, Nairobi, workers in hard hats and white masks take shiny new power drills to computer parts.

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