China’s economic boom and burgeoning middle class have led it to becomethe world’s second leading producer of electronic garbage(or e-waste) in the world. Every year, the country throws out over100 million computers, 40 million televisions, 20 million air conditioners, and 10 million fridges, to purchase new models.
The vast majority of e-waste from China’s capital, Beijing, makes its to Dongxiaokou, a small village on the outskirts of the city, where hundreds of families make a living by stripping the garbage to its components and reselling the parts.
All that could change in the coming year as the Chinese government has announced that Dongxiaokou is facing demolition to make way for new urban development.
Reuters photographer Kim Kyung-Hoon recently traveled down to the village to capture the bustling recycling trade, even as demolition looms.