Electronic waste in the countryside

Electronic waste in the countryside

Last February we spent a weekend in Bantry where I made a couple of very nice shots when I drove into the hills surrounding the town. The area was so nice that I wandered up the road on foot a few yards for a better shot of this lone tree. I was disgusted to see the beige boxes of a PC and monitor lying half hidden in the tall grass of the bog.

Perhaps I should have climbed down and retrieved them but Adam was asleep in the car and we were miles from anywhere. I didn’t want to risk slipping and hurting myself. It’s such a shame those electronics weren’t recycled at the local dump. I wonder what Gardai would find if they looked at the drive in that PC. I wonder if they’d care?

Tomorrow – AJ tried booking Robodock tickets for himself but could only book for the 12 noon show. I thought we could pay at the entrance but obviously it’s popular and booked up. Maybe the bad weather will keep people away but I should be there before 3pm! Keep an eye on my Twitter account for updates!

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Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/200s

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6 Comments

  1. Liam Ronan Reply

    It is a shame indeed. I live 8 miles from Bantry. Perhaps the PC was stolen and disposed of in the bog?
    The Gards ought still be notified in any event.

    • Keven Reply

      hello! I am Keven from Shantou University in China and I am doing a project on reporting waste dumps. Since i saw that you live near that spot, can you describe the situation of the enviroment and sanitation there. If permitted, we may have a talk on by mail. thank you.
      reply if you agree 09dlzheng@_____.cn

      • Donncha Reply

        Keven – I don’t live anywhere near where that computer was dumped and don’t know anything else about it. Sorry.

        http://inphotos.org/

  2. Tom A Reply

    You might be interested in this competition Donncha:

    http://www.esaiweb.org/esai_news.php?id=46

    This photo would be a good candidate! (I’m not connected with ESAI just saw the competition.)

    http://minktoast.net

  3. Donncha Reply

    Thanks Tom – I’ve been turned against entering most competitions because of the terms and conditions. The conditions of that competition allows the ESAI to use any of the images entered in any way they like:

    “ESAI reserves the right to use free of charge the images in any manner to promote ESAI”

    So, for the cost of a sponsored prize, the hire of a professional photographer to judge it and other minor costs they can build an instant library of environmental photos. Me cynical?

    http://inphotos.org/

  4. Tom A Reply

    Fair point! Hadn’t thought of that… very wise to check those terms and conditions. And I’m sure you’re not nearly as cynical as me ;-)

    http://minktoast.net

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