Photos: Devastating human impact of toxic technology waste

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No stopping dumping waste - Devastating human impact of toxic technology waste

Source:  Greenpeace

No stopping dumping waste - Devastating human impact of toxic technology waste

The UK government says it is unable to stop the practice because of the exponential surge in volumes of incorrectly classified waste being exported.

Catalina McGregor, the government's deputy champion for green IT, says, "I could write the best policy in the world and there would still be dumping because it is a lucrative industry. It doesn't matter how pretty the paperwork is, it is still going to happen."

 

Gangs of criminals, posing as computer recycling firms, are dumping hundreds of containers full of broken computer equipment in the developing world every week.

Up to 900 containers a week are arriving in Africa and Asia from Western Europe and the US, according to e-waste experts.

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