From object to material: dismantling CRT monitors in Nyayo Market

In Nairobi, Nyayo Market is a hotspot for the recycling of electric and electronic devices. Gideon from Western Kenya has a workshop there that specializes in IT equipment. For years, Gideon made a living from reselling second-hand cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors locally or exporting them to Uganda. Now that these devices have gone out of fashion, Gideon dismantles them: their value lies in the copper and precious metals contained in their electronic chips, which are then shipped off to Asia or Europe to be recycled. In the background is the workshop of another fundi (technician in Swahili) who is the president of E-Waste Initiative Kenya (EWIK): a not-for-profit organization that aims to organize their work and achieve more recognition for these workers.

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