Bicyclean Pedals Toward Safer E-Waste Clean-Up


The world throws out millions of pounds of electronics every year, but not everything that ends up in the garbage is junk.

In Ghana, people sift through e-waste dumping sites to pick out resalable materials. The scavenging relies on crude methods of extraction that put both the rummagers and local environment at risk.

Harvard engineering grad Rachel Field witnessed the dangerous scavenging firsthand while visiting the west African nation, and was inspired to work on a solution. Field developed the Bicyclean, an affordable, environmentally friendly device that safely separates valuable bits of discarded electronics.

So how does Bicyclean work…
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