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19 Feb 2009 05:02:12

Toxic WEEE dumped in Nigeria prompts investigation



Toxic WEEE dumped in Nigeria prompts investigation
An investigation into allegations of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) being dumped in third world countries as second hand goods is to be launched.

Following a Greenpeace investigation which tracked an unfixable TV, which should have been dismantled in the UK or Europe, from Hampshire to Nigeria, the Hampshire County Council is to launch an investigation.

The illegal practice of sending WEEE for disposal outside the EU was uncovered when the environmental campaign group, working with Sky News, fitted a tracking device to a broken TV.

While re-usable appliances can legally be transported outside the EU, Greenpeace claims it has exposed 'mountains of e-waste' being dumped in developing countries.

"Companies can stop this illegal toxic trade now by ensuring their goods are free from hazardous components. It is critical they take full responsibility for the safe recycling of their products and put an end to the growing e-waste dumps that are poisoning people and the environment across the developing world," said Martin Hojsík Greenpeace International toxics campaigner.

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