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    Australian e-waste ending up in toxic African dump, torn apart by children

    RN
    By Rebecca Le Tourneau for Background Briefing
    A computer monitor from St George Bank, destined for recycling in Australia, has been found on a toxic e-waste dump in west Africa, being pulled apart by children as young as five.
    At Agbobbloshi dump, in Ghana's capital, Accra, children tear apart e-waste from western nations with their hands, and burn circuit boards over open fires to melt out the precious metals.
    Broken or redundant computers are considered hazardous waste and are illegal to ship out of Australia so the discovery of the bank monitor raises serious questions about the integrity and regulation of Australia's growing e-waste problem.
    St George Bank, wholly owned by Westpac, claims gold standard environmental stewardship.
    It says it followed the "right processes to ensure the St George Bank monitor was despatched" to their recycling partner.
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    Ghanaian environmental reporter, Mike Anane, on assignment for RN's Background Briefing, discovered the broken monitor during a routine visit to check on the health and welfare of children working at Agbobbloshie dump, considered the worst dump in the world.
    "Over 500 container loads of electronic waste are coming from these developed countries, including Australia, every single month," said Anane, speaking from Accra.
    "Lately there is so much coming from Australia. I see about three container loads of electronic waste coming from Australia every single month.
    "It is not just immoral, it is criminal to ship these things here."
    Australia's pile of e-waste growing

    Australia is one of the biggest consumers of electronics in the world, buying millions of items a year, which translates into almost 600,000 tonnes of e-waste annually.
    The St George Bank monitor is part of that growing pile.
    Background Briefing showed a video of a 13-year-old boy on the Agbobbloshie dump holding the bank's monitor to Don Quinn, operations manager at WorkVentures, which has the contract for Westpac's 15,000 e-waste items every year.
    PHOTO: E-waste originally from St George Bank, owned by Westpac, has ended up at Agbobbloshi. (ABC RN: Mike Anane)

    Mr Quinn said he did not believe the monitor passed through WorkVentures.
    But when asked to confirm this by checking back through their asset register, the company advised by email a week later that the monitor had indeed been put through their system as e-waste in 2012.
    "We looked up the sticker number on the monitor from the video you showed us and found we picked it up from St George Bank and decommissioned it in May 2012," the email said.
    Because the monitor was deemed broken and not able to be fixed, it was sent on to another recycler.
    Westpac 'concerned' by monitor's disposal

    WorkVentures is a not-for-profit group that refurbishes computers and sells them to the disadvantaged and community groups at discounted prices.
    Items that cannot be repaired are disposed of through other recyclers.
    From what the ABC can tell, the monitor made its way from one of these other recyclers to Ghana.
    Neither WorkVentures nor Westpac would agree to further interviews about the integrity of their e-waste disposal chain, or how the monitor ended up on the Agbobbloshie dump.
    PHOTO: Children exposed to e-waste are suffering life-threatening health problems, says Mike Anane. (ABC RN: Mike Anane)

    WorkVentures declined to identify the third-party Australian recycler they used, but said they severed that relationship in 2012 because their documentation was not up to standard.
    WorkVentures also declined to say if there were other monitors and computers in the batch that found its way to Ghana.
    Westpac said in an email: "We can't speculate on how the monitor ended up in Ghana five years after we dispatched it, however it is of great concern to us.
    "We are determined to work with WorkVentures and our suppliers to understand how this has happened."
    Recyclers contacted by rogue dealers

    Westpac is not alone in losing control of its hazardous e-waste.
    Anane says the lack of regulatory oversight is one of the reasons Australian e-waste is ending up on dumps in Africa.
    He has been warning western nations for years about the temptation for recyclers to avoid costly, legitimate disposal of what they collect.
    Indeed, it seems very easy to find third-party recyclers who are prepared to illegally export hazardous e-waste from Australia.
    Background Briefing made contact with an e-waste dealer in the Middle East who offered $500 per 1,000 kilograms of broken and smashed computers.
    PHOTO: "It's obvious that these children will not live to see their 20th birthday," says Mike Anane. (ABC RN: Mike Anane)

    A major Australian national e-waste recycler, Geordie Gill, confirmed he was regularly contacted by rogue dealers hungry for his e-waste.
    "On a fortnightly basis we will get emails from offshore and basically it comes down to: 'I will buy your e-waste from you'," Mr Gill said.
    "The majority of the emails come from Africa and we've been offered up to $20,000 per shipping container of e-waste."
    When asked if he believed there were Australian operators selling to these dealers Mr Gill said: "The opportunity is there. I would have to say yes."
    Kids at dump 'suffer skin diseases, heart problems'

    Background Briefing is not asserting that Westpac or their recyclers sent the broken St George Bank monitor to Ghana, but its appearance at Agbobbloshi dump reveals a lack of oversight.
    Anane says the health problems suffered by the children exposed to e-waste are life-threatening.
    "Each time I go to the dump ... I see the children with all these open sores, I see them with skin diseases," he said.
    "They tell me, 'We cannot run, I have a problem with my heart, my heart beats faster, I cannot play football, I have headaches all the time.'
    "It's obvious that these children will not live to see their 20th birthday. A lot of the kids disappear from the dumps and it's obvious what happens to them."


  • #2
    " A lot of the kids disappear from the dumps and it's obvious what happens to them." 162nd. KSW.

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    • #3
      We have a job ahead of us as one nation, one planet, one race, but after the job is done, As Fabio Said, "Enjoy Everything, OK here."
      He gave up his physicality to bring about the necessary cleaning up of the mess we have gotten ourselves into.
      Last edited by Doug MacDonald; 03-10-2017, 12:33 PM.

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      • #4
        Join the dots and join in, with fearless enthusiasm.

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        • #5
          Fabio Alfonso Memorial is very revealing. 162nd. KSW helps to join the dots.
          Last edited by Doug MacDonald; 03-10-2017, 01:46 PM.

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          • #6
            An old saying quoted and practiced by Mr.Keshe on more than one occasion, "You keep your friends close and you keep your enemies closer."

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            • #7
              Brilliant Magnetical and Gravitational positioning.

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              • #8
                From Africa we came in the past, with Africa we go into the future..

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                • #9
                  US attempt to recoup Cambodian debt 'cack-handed': former Australian Ambassador

                  By Kerri Worthington and wires
                  Updated about 2 hours ago
                  PHOTO: Cambodia is a contradiction of rapid economic growth and great poverty. (AP: Heng Sinith, File)
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                  The issue of Cambodia's debt to the United States is back in the spotlight as the US appears set to ignore pleas from the south-east Asian nation to cancel the decades-old arrangement.
                  Key points:

                  • Cambodia's debt to the US from the early 1970s has ballooned to about $500 million
                  • The poor south-east Asian nation has asked successive US governments to forgive the debt
                  • Foreign policy experts say moves to force repayment are unfair

                  Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen late last year called on then-president elect Donald Trump to cancel debt, thought to be around $US500 million.
                  In 2010, he asked former president Barack Obama to convert the "dirty" debt to aid.
                  At the time, Hun Sen said the money his country owed the US was incurred by the Lon Nol government that came to power in a 1970 coup backed by Washington, and that it was spent on arms used against the Cambodian people.
                  The official US line was that the loan had been for agricultural development and that Cambodia had the means to repay.
                  Hun Sen raised the issue again this year, with Cambodian media reporting the PM as saying the US had no right to demand repayment of a debt that was "blood-stained" from the brutal US bombing of Cambodian territory during the Vietnam War.
                  Former Australian ambassador to Cambodia Tony Kevin said American activity in the early 1970s had done great harm to Cambodia, and it was well understood in foreign policy circles that it had contributed to rise of the Khmer Rouge.
                  Lon Nol was toppled in 1975 by the ultra-Maoist Khmer Rouge regime, under which an estimated 1.7 million people died in less than four years, plunging Cambodia into decades of poverty and political instability.
                  "At the same time the US was giving weapons to Lon Nol, it was bombing the Cambodian countryside into oblivion and creating millions of refugees fleeing into Phnom Penh and destroying all political fabric and civil life in the country," Mr Kevin said.
                  "And all of this was simply to stop the supplies coming down to South Vietnam, as it was then, from the north.
                  "So the United States created a desert in Cambodia in those years, and Americans know this."
                  Mr Kevin said the issue of debt was not raised during his 1994-1997 posting to Cambodia as Australia's ambassador.
                  He said he assumed that with the establishment of the United Nations Transitional Authority (UNTAC) that oversaw the implementation of agreements for political settlement of the Cambodia civil war, and the normalisation of relations with the US, the debt would have been "forgiven and forgotten".
                  "We all would have thought it inconceivable that the United States would be approaching Cambodia now in 2017, 50 years later, with such a bill," he said.
                  PHOTO: Cambodia, one of the world's poorest countries, owes the US around $500 million. (ABC News: Liam Cochrane)
                  The current US Ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt was quoted in the Cambodia Daily newspaper as saying he had been involved in drafting a deal between the US and Cambodia two decades ago, but the issues remain unresolved.
                  "I think that is unfortunate, I think that's not in Cambodia's best interest to keep letting that grow forever," he was reported as saying.
                  "It's Cambodia's interest not to look at the past, but to look at how to solve this because it's important to Cambodia's future."
                  Mr Kevin called the career diplomat's credentials "impeccable" and said if Ambassador Heidt was raising the issue now, two years into his posting, it was most likely under direct instructions from the new Trump administration.
                  "I can only say, if this is the case, it is absolutely cack-handed diplomacy, and I use those words with aforethought," he said.
                  "It's entirely inappropriate for the United States to be asking Cambodia for any kind of loan recovery at this point."
                  "It's unwise in terms of American foreign policy interests because Cambodia has been moving closer to China in recent years.
                  "Nothing could be better guaranteed to lock Cambodia in behind China on issues like the South China Sea than to destroy any possibility for flexibility towards Cambodia on that issue than this demand for money. It's just dumb."
                  PHOTO: A woman collects plastic rubbish, with the Phnom Penh skyline behind her. (ABC News: Athena Zelandonii)
                  Topics: international-aid-and-trade, international-law, unrest-conflict-and-war, cambodia, asia

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                  • #10
                    Let's not forget that "one man's rubbish, or trash, is another man's treasure". Nothing is wrong or a mistake with the environment we have created. If only we can learn that there is no rubbish, trash or garbage when we are enlightened with universal knowledge and play with the plasma fields.. It is time to teach, Broadly, boldly and fearlessly worldwide, by whatever means is available to us.

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                    • #11
                      Even on the matter level we see that any old shit is transformed, by composting, into fresh energy for growth of new life. Waste is a valuable by product and tool in plasma science..

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