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|15th October 2008, 07:30||#1|
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British rubbish 'dumped' in India
Can you believe this? Are we really the toilet of the world?
"It is a fact that most of the mixed waste that is shipped to countries like India is dumped. Increasingly, it is becoming a guilt-free way of transferring the liabilities of over-consumptive lifestyles to someone else."
"If recycling is for the recovery of energy, the act of shipping it across the world puts the entire operation in the red as far as energy balance is concerned," he said.
Mr Jayaraman argues that Western countries "must learn to live with their own discards" and that "trade in trash" will remain riddled with problems because "unwanted waste always ends up being dumped on unsuspecting and vulnerable communities".
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There is little or no control over rubbish dumping here, whether it be locally on an empty plot, or on a larger scale into a nearby lake. The British are probably looking no further than the financial bottom line: You can take it cheap? You get the contract. The fact that it is helping to destroy a marsh or a lake in Tamil Nadu should mean something to them, but I doubt that it does.
Yes, it is ridiculous and disgusting, but until government gets it together to control the waste dumping of its own corporations, of local private dumpers, of industrial waste and effluent, it is a small part of a big problem.
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