All images © Valentino Bellini
Features Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 05:30
When Italian photographer Valentine Bellini first visited the agbobloshie, the world’s largest electronic waste dumpsite in Ghana in 2012, he had an idea. Millions of tonnes of old electronic goods is reportedly exported to developing countries each year. The global volume of e-waste generated is expected to reach 93.5 million tons in 2016. In India, the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) is fast turning into a large e-waste dumping yard with it reportedly getting 86 percent of waste generated in the developed world. Over 250,000 workers are employed in the various organized and unorganized recycling units in the state. Bellini travelled across the globe visiting China, India and Pakistan to photograph some of the world’s largest e-waste dumps. The project titled ‘Bit Rot’ follows the international movements of the e-waste and tries to underline the need for more environmental friendly alternatives.  “I started more or less by chance in Ghana. I was travelling and I met a person who was running an NGO which worked with the people living in the dump. It started in April 2012 and some of the final pictures were taken in 2014.” Bellini told The News Minute.   Old Seelampur, New Delhi, India.Old transformers and inductors are boiling in a metal pot. What is emblematic is that... Posted by BIT ROT Project on Friday, December 12, 2014   Old Seelampur, New Delhi, India.A warehouse used to dismantle electronic devices. Where they separate the components and extract the parts to sell. Posted by BIT ROT Project on Thursday, May 30, 2013   Old Seelampur, New Delhi, India.A boy is boiling some old transistors in metal pots. In this way, the plastic will... Posted by BIT ROT Project on Friday, July 12, 2013   Chennai, India.Two workers of SIMS Recycling Solutions, the global leader in the recovery of electronic and electric... Posted by BIT ROT Project on Tuesday, January 14, 2014   Old Seelampur, New Delhi, India.Old Seelampur is one the poorest suburb areas but the biggest e-waste market in... Posted by BIT ROT Project on Sunday, October 6, 2013   Kancheepuram Districti, Tamil Nadu, India.Plastic monitors wrecks accumulated in the “plastic segregation” sector of... Posted by BIT ROT Project on Tuesday, September 17, 2013   Vellini also plans to visit two more facilities in Chennai. To know more about the BitRot porject, you can visit the website here and Facebook page here.