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Port Kembla Steelworks, NSW, Australia. Pic: Kaptain Kobold (Flickr CC)

E-wasted: We are all full of toxic gunk

By Mon, Oct 14, 2013 6:00AM UTC Comments Off Port Kembla Steelworks, NSW, Australia. Pic: Kaptain Kobold (Flickr CC)

When profit and industry are pitted against human health, we have a consistent winner – and it isn’t your, mine or anyone else’s wellbeing. For example, it has been estimated that emissions from out-dated diesel freight ships contributes to 60,000 deaths per year. Pollution from coal in developing countries and ground level ozone in rich...

China: The No. 1 destination for global waste

By Mon, Jun 17, 2013 9:09PM UTC Comments Off Plastic bottles in Tibet. Pic: Carsten ten Brink (Flickr)

China is a massive importer of plastic and paper waste, and scrapped electronic products like mobile phones and old computer hard drives. As with jobs, manufacturing and carbon emissions, it’s often cheaper for highly developed countries to outsource their waste management. So is China becoming a global “dept of waste”? Remember those horror stories about...

India introduces e-waste law

By Sat, Jun 11, 2011 10:26PM UTC Comments Off India introduces e-waste law

India has introduced a new e-waste rule that makes environmentally sound management and disposal of electronic waste mandatory. The E-waste (Management and Handling) Rule, 2011 places responsibility on the producers for the entire lifecycle of a product, from design to disposal. Apart from Extended Producer Responsibility principle, the rule is a significant step towards international...