Garbage Imperialism? Nope. All Trash Is Local.

Developing nations face a rising tide of homegrown e-waste.

Probably not yours.

Photographer: ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images

The image is taken almost as gospel: tons of old computers and phones, their sometimes-toxic innards spilling out, piled up in Africa or Asia, a symbol of the developed world's cavalier use of poorer nations as a dumping ground for garbage and, by extension, other ills.

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