Phoenix Transect Project

PROJECT: Closed Loop recycling-The Impossible Story of Electronic Waste in Phoenix, AZ


Close Loop is at the outskirts of an a dusty industrial campus called Westgate, about 10 minutes west of downtown Phoenix, right off the I 10 as you drive towards LA. Closed Loop Recycling is a site like many others: a big cavernous nondescript hangar surrounded by chain link fence enclosing a large yard. It is flanked on one side by a busy road where trucks speed menacingly, by another industrial site on one side, and by train tracks on the other two sides.
What makes it memorable, are the mountains of broken glass that glimmers beautifully in the sun. It looks like a treasure from far away, and for some, as the story will tell, it just might be.

Listen to the story here:
Act One: http://hosting.soundslides.com/jl819
Act Two : http://hosting.soundslides.com/r2zl7
Act Three: http://hosting.soundslides.com/rfb8d

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Contributor: Bogdana Manole
Title: closed Loop Recycling- the impossible story of electronic waste in Phoenix, AZ
Description: People pay a fee to recycle the old electronics, they take care of the environment by doing that, and when they buy new electronic stuff the cycle repeats itself, because there is a recycling system in place.
Date: 4/2015
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Social Justice, All Images

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Contributor: Bogdana Manole
Title: Closed Loop Recycling-Act Two: E-recycling or E-waste?
Description: Previously: Recycling is a feel good activity: old stuff goes somewhere, is put to good use, while we can go ahead and get new stuff. Before continuing the story I want to run by you two things I have learnt: first, that Closed Loop Recycling in Phoenix, AZ, is the co
Date: 4/2015
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Social Justice, All Images

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Contributor: Bogdana Manole
Title: Closed Loop Recycling-Act Three: A New Paradigm
Description: A shift of paradigm by asking a new question:how about we start asking how to make things without pollution? How would the world look then?
Date: 4/2015
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Social Justice, All Images

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Contributor: Bogdana Manole
Title: closed Loop Recycling- the impossible story of electronic waste in Phoenix, AZ
Description: Closed Loop is not the only toxic site in Phoenix, or around the world, but a mere drop in the bucket of growing environmental pollution without a solution in sight. Close Loop is nothing more than a cog in the market economy that only seeks profits but doesn’t account for the produced pollution.
Date: 4/2015
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Social Justice, All Images

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Contributor: Bogdana Manole
Title: Closed Loop Recycling- the impossible story of electronic waste in Phoenix, AZ
Description: The mountains of broken glass are remnants of old TV tubes, smashed and waiting to be recycled. This is not any ordinary glass, but lead contaminated glass, what makes it dangerous for the environment and the people around.
Date: 4/2015
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Social Justice, All Images

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Contributor: Bogdana Manole
Title: Closed Loop Recycling- the impossible story of electronic waste in Phoenix, AZ
Description: To give an idea of where I was, imagine the train tracks on my right, then me walking on this lonesome strip of dirt, the chain link fence on my left, and the mountains of glimmering glass behind it, surrounding the nondescript hangar. The glass looked just as pretty up close.
Date: 4/2015
Keywords: Social Justice, All Images

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Contributor: Bogdana Manole
Title: Closed Loop Recycling- the impossible story of electronic waste in Phoenix, AZ
Description: What makes Closed Loop Recycling memorable, are the mountains of broken glass that glimmers beautifully in the sun.
Date: 4/2015
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Social Justice, All Images

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