After the United States, China throws out the largest amount of old appliances and electronics. A village near Beijing is a hub for rubbish, and many families there depend on the discarded microwaves and refrigerators for their livelihood. Read more.
May 28, 2014 A recycling worker holds wires she collected from a dismantled microwave in the yard of her tenement in Dongxiaokou village near Beijing. The village is a major center for recycling abandoned electronics. Discarded appliances are collected by workers, most of them migrants, who either repair them or sell them on as scrap. Those in the business in Dongxiaokou grapple with poor infrastructure and sanitation facilities, in addition to dangers associated with handling the waste. The village is now facing demolition as part of an urbanization plan, and residents are worried about losing their homes and work. Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters Buy Photo