During the ArtLab we made a visit to the MGG recycling facilities in Amstetten. Here are some impressions from the field trip.
Field trip to MGG Recycling (Müller Guttenbrunn Group) center in Amstetten. Chris Slijkhuis, responsible for E-Waste & Public Affairs gave us a tour through the center, showed us their shredder and talked in a presentation about his experiences at Agbogbloshie.
After Lunch in the evening the artists presented themselves at the Kunstraum Goethestrasse xtd.
While this research lab focuses on the 22-hard-drives bought at the e-waste dump at Agbobloshi in Accra, Ghana. We were also curious how e-waste is manage here in central-Europe. Just 60km from Linz there is a recycling facility focusing on e-waste. We were welcomed to make a tour at the Müller-Guttenbrunn Group grounds to understand how electronics in Austria are treated. The contrast to Agbobloshi was big. Here huge machines processed big amounts of scrap rather than individuals with with rater primitive tools. Part of our tour was made by Chris Slijkhuis (E-Waste & Public Affairs), who also visited Agbobloshi in connection to the UN managed E-waste Academy.
Here is a company video from the Group:
And here some images from our visit:
The Story of Electronics, released in November 2011, employs the Story of Stuff style to explore the high-tech revolution’s collateral damage—25 million tons of e-waste and counting, poisoned workers and a public left holding the bill. Host Annie Leonard takes viewers from the mines and factories where our gadgets begin to the horrific backyard recycling shops in China where many end up. The film concludes with a call for a green ‘race to the top’ where designers compete to make long-lasting, toxic-free products that are fully and easily recyclable.