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via ANKWD - Welcome to the gateway of Citizen Journalism! by divya on 9/17/08
You must have heard of garments, oil, and food items being exported to
ITV’s Tonight programme found British waste, including children’s report cards and a St George’s flag, buried in farmland wells near the migration path of wild elephants in the state of Tamil Nadu. The rubbish also included bags of Walkers crisps, Sainsbury’s apple juice, Tesco packaging, plastic bags from Mothercare and newspapers. Mail was addressed to residents living in the local authority areas of Tendring, Wellingborough and
The outcome of such a hideous act is that the workers have to bear the brunt of occupational and industrial risks of working in unprotected and shanty conditions. Majority of such workers include women and children and people with very low nutritional status, making them vulnerable even to very low-level exposures. Health surveys have shown that recyclers regularly suffered from complaints such as respiratory diseases and skin rashes.
A computer may be manufactured in Asia, used in North America and disposed in
Translocation to the South enables cost cutting all around, although the burden of waste is borne by local peoples and their environment. The poorer countries are becoming dirtier as the rich ones become cleaner. This disaster must stop before it wipes out our nation completely.