Improper processing of electronic waste leads to damage to human health, the environment, and the Earths O-zone Layer

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Thailand is still one of the destination countries for e-waste from all around the world. To what extent this is the case is one of the questions that the joint project of the Thai non-governmental organization EARTH [1] and the Czech civic association Arnika [2] is trying to answer. In the last year, these organizations have taken the first soil samples from three sites where electronic scrap is dismantled or where the plastics from used electronic equipment are even burned. It has shown that the soil contains toxic dioxins, both chlorinated and brominated, which are produced by burning plastics treated with brominated flame retardants. EARTH has mapped the extent of the waste imports and published "Trading Away Health and the Environment: The Toxic Business of Waste Imports into Thailand".



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