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BBC Brings London's E-waste Dumping Issue to the Air BBC Brings London's E-waste Dumping Issue to the Air

BBC Brings London's E-waste Dumping Issue to the Air

by Alicia Capetillo

March 11, 2010

Illegal dumping of E-waste in London steps into the spotlight in an upcoming episode of the BBC show Inside Out. Treehugger reports:
BBC's Inside Out describes the feature thus: London's passion for new TVs and electrical gadgets is having repercussions thousands of miles away. To avoid paying for proper disposal in the UK, criminals ship containers of electrical waste and illegally dump it in Africa. They call it the Sodom and Gomorra slum in Ghana-hazardous electrical waste dumped as far as the eye can see. Its source is London's banks, councils, hospitals and even a police force. It is hard to imagine this in England, where you can be fined for not sorting your recycling box properly.
Treehugger has more on the episode, as well as information on some innovative programs to raise e-waste awareness and recycling here in the United States. Personally, I'm partial to E-waste art, though I'm sure there are better options out there. Any programs in your area promoting responsible E-waste disposal?Photo (cc) by Flickr user dieselboii
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