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British rubbish for recycling ends up in disused well in India

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Mail went into the bin to be recycled

A businessman from the English city of Leeds says that he is “shocked” that rubbish he put out for recycling has ended up being dumped in India. Junk mail sent to Paul Sharman’s home was found by environmental campaigners to have been dumped in disused wells in the state of Tamil Nadu.

They say that it is not environmentally or socially fair for rubbish from the UK to be shipped to India.

Environmental campaigners say that companies contracted by British councils to recycle waste often end up sending it to India.

They say that it is supposed to be sorted out before shipment into paper, plastics and cans. But they say sometimes this is not done properly, which means that when it arrives at re-processing plants in India it is impossible to recycle.

As a result, much of it is dumped in disused agricultural wells hundreds of metres deep on farmland in places like Tamil Nadu – in this case near the southern port of Tuticorin.

The most distressing yarp was the blather from local politicians who insisted this simply didn’t happen. Someone should stuff Mr. Sharman’s junk mail up some convenient orifice in the council member’s fundament.

It’s happening, dude. Get over the excuses and work at solutions instead.

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Written by Ed Campbell

October 15, 2008 at 2:00 am

Posted in Earth, Politics

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