Waste & Recycling Newsletter
August 07, 2008

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UK households and local authorities make progress on waste, says DEFRA
Moves to cut waste, increase recycling, and reduce landfill are continuing to deliver results, according to the latest figures. The provisional municipal waste statistics, published on Thursday, have been welcomed by Environment Minister Joan Ruddock as evidence that the efforts of local authorities and householders are paying off. Municipal waste includes household waste and recycling, as well as waste from parks, public gardens, beaches, civic amenity sites and clearance of fly tips. The latest findings, which cover the period from October to December last year, include:  Household waste ...
Poisoning the poor � Electronic waste in Ghana
The latest place where we have discovered high tech toxic trash causing horrendous pollution is in Ghana. Our analysis of samples taken from two electronic waste (e-waste) scrap yards in Ghana has revealed severe contamination with hazardous chemicals. The ever-growing demand for the latest fashionable mobile phone, flat screen TV or super-fast computer creates ever larger amounts of obsolete electronics that are often laden with toxic chemicals like lead, mercury and brominated flame retardants. Rather than being safely recycled, much of this e-waste gets dumped in developing countries. Previously, ...
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