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UN highlights E-waste challenge in Africa
Editorial Staff, Recycling International, 24th February 2012
After studying recycling-related developments in five African countries (Benin, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and Nigeria), a United Nations report says that nearly 1 million tons of domestic e-waste is generated there every year. While the use of electrical and electronic equipment remains at a low level when compared...
UK firms punished for illegal waste exports
China.org.cn, 24th February 2012
The two companies were trying to ship 10 containers of mixed waste weighing 259 tons in the disguise of scrap metal to China when they were discovered at Felixstowe, the largest British port, during a routine inspection by the British government's regulatory body Environment Agency. Under current internation...
E-waste generation scales up in city
G.V.R. Subba Rao, The Hindu, 24th February 2012
Flashing the latest electronic gizmo thrills everyone. But, three years down the line, the city will be generating about 44 metric tonnes (MT) of e-waste from cell phones alone. It is estimated that Vijayawada generated e-waste of 13.05 MT through cell phones in 2010. According to a survey conducted by EPTRI, the growth p...
Intensified scrutiny on toxic waste hurts steel producers
Linda Yulisman, The Jakarta Post, 21st February 2012
A dispute on definition between the government and steel makers on what is classified toxic has led to a shortage of raw materials for production following the seizure of thousands of containers of scrap metal at Tanjung Priok Port in North Jakarta. The seizures began in late January when 113 containers were held for carry...
State's first e-waste centre to be built in Sibu soon
Peter Boon, Borneo Post, 20th February 2012
The state’s first e-waste collection centre, costing about RM500,000, will be built in Deshon Road here to solve problems of indiscriminate dumping of electronic waste (e-waste). Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King said the proposed two-storey structure would sit on a half-an-acre piece of land, a...
Going green, with a large side order of mercury
G. Ananthakrishnan, The Hindu, 20th February 2012
Steady release of mercury into the air, soil and water poses a significant health risk. But, it appears, not for policymakers in India. Annually, a large amount of this toxic, complex metal is simply dumped into municipal landfills or released into the air from a “green” source — the millions of fluorescent lamps that...
Sewage dumping disrupts water supply in China city
Ben Blanchard, Chicago Tribune, 19th February 2012
About 50,000 residents in a southern Chinese city had their water supplies disrupted after a fish farm discharged sewage into the local water source, state media said Sunday, in the country's latest pollution incident. Authorities in Foshan city, an industrial part of export- dependent Guangdong province close to Hong Kong...
Oz firm to clean Bhopal waste?
Rashme Sehgal, Deccan Chronicle, 18th February 2012
Is a solution finally in sight for the disposal of 350 metric tonnes of toxic waste which has been lying on the premises of the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal for a quarter century? Representatives of the Australian company, Enware, attending the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Disaster Management an...
NGO Plans to tackle e-waste problems
Kinjal Desai, Daily News and Analysis, 17th February 2012
To tackle the growing problem of electronic waste (E-waste) EcoSarjan has joined hands with Baroda IT Association (BITA) to collect E-waste and dispose it of scientifically. As estimated by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), electronic waste will grow at a whopping 500% in the coming decades. Dipan Shah, direc...
Data estimate 2,000 gallons of sewage spilled onto Kennewick street
John Trumbo, The Bellingham Herald, 17th February 2012
Federal search warrants issued in the investigation of the illegal dumping of portable toilets in Kennewick estimate 2,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled onto a public street. The documents filed in U.S. District Court in Richland say the overflow backed up into the street along a gutter and into a storm drain catch basin. ...
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