Thailand Suffers as E-waste Grows

In 2000, China banned illegal e-waste imports; but the country was still receiving tons of e-waste a year. The Chinese city, Guiyu, was known as the e-waste capital because it was the center of China’s e-waste industry. According to the UN, 70% of all e-waste was being exported to China. Last year, China blocked all imports of 24 types of foreign trash. This action left a void in the e-waste industry.

This year, so far e-waste in Thailand has increased to 37,000 tons. This number does not include the illegal e-waste imported into the country. Due to loopholes that permit importing of second-hand appliances, authorities are finding it difficult to stop illegal importers. Majority of the factories dismantling e-waste are using unsafe methods to extract the valuable material. These methods can lead to harmful and irreversible damage.

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