Smugglers go unpunished over 'tsunami' of toxic electronic waste
14 October 2014
Authorities have failed to prosecute smugglers secretly shipping e-waste out of Australia, despite seizing more than 20 illegal shipping containers of electronic junk destined for some of the world's poorest countries in the past five years.
Experts said the seizures were part of a "tsunami" of discarded consumer goods being exported from Australia and piling up overseas, contributing to major health and environmental hazards.
The Department of the Environment confirmed 21 containers of e-waste – old electronics such as televisions, computers, printers and mobile phones – had been intercepted without hazardous waste permits since 2010.
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