Last week, Jim Puckett, Executive Director of BAN and Lai Yun, Founder and Executive Director of the Society of Canton Nature Conservation, witnessed the recycling streets of Guiyu as a ghost-town. All operations were shuttered and only a few abandoned piles of e-waste left behind in some yards and waysides.
The old chimneys, behind which just a few months ago hundreds of women sat cooking circuit boards in shallow woks, have been cut away and the holes cemented up. Large red banners hung across the roadways promising stiff fines and power being cut for any that fail to move to the industrial park.
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