Nigerian Recyclers Battle Rising Tide of E-Waste

Shipping containers filled with used electronics arrive in Nigeria daily, mostly from Europe, leaving the country struggling to deal with the world's electronic trash.

The old appliances are shipped here to be sold and reused, but there's no guarantee they will work, turning them into e-waste.

Landfills around Lagos have filled to the brim and attracted scavengers looking to make use of various metal parts. However, many old appliances contain harmful materials like lead, mercury, and hydrochlorofluorocarbons, putting people's health at risk.

E-waste is the world's fastest growing type of household waste. Environmentalists in Nigeria are working with the government on better e-waste regulations.