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Sad Portraits of Your Recycled Electronics

We never realized a dot-matrix printer could do the puppy dog eyes.
Fan: Copper, Aluminum, Tantalum

Photography by Seth Stevenson

End Of Life is a photo series about items that were once used daily, momentarily indispensable to the people that owned them. Even though we have no way of knowing who their owners were, we can imagine that they were part of someone's landscape, in their home and daily life. These objects gathered from an Ontario E-waste facility are tools: they filled a role and performed a function until they either broke or were replaced. This series of images is a final send-off—an obituary of sorts—before these objects are disassembled, shredded, and harvested for materials.


Analogue Mobile Phone: Graphite, Copper, Aluminum

Keyboards: Tantalum, Silver, Plastic

Clothing Iron: Copper, Tin, Lead, Plastic

CD Player: Palladium, Neodymium, Plastic

Flip Phones: Graphite, Plastic, Aluminum

Baby Monitor: Neodymium, Nickel, Copper

Dot-Matrix Printer: Gold, Silver, Copper

Clock: Gallium, Silver, Tin, Lead

Home Phones: Neodymium, Copper, Graphite

Digital Picture Frame: Gallium, Silver, Palladium

Portable Stereo: Copper, Neodymium, Nickel

Printing Calculator: Silver, Tin, Lead, Tantalum

Tablets: Indium, Silver, Terbium and Dysprosium

Flip Phone with Keyboard: Tin, Lead, Tungsten, Aluminum

Video Camera: Graphite, Copper, Aluminum

Toy Guitar: Nickel, Gold, Plastic

Smartphone: Indium, Aluminosilicate Glass, Terbium and Dysprosium

Headphones: Neodymium, Tin, Lead, Tantalum

Tape Recorder: Copper, Neodymium, Nickel

Webcams: Plastic, Copper, Silver

Learn more about recycling your previously loved electronics here.

Presented by Recycle My Electronics