Tambon pays high price for recycling

For decades, most residents of Tambon Khok Sa-ard have been bringing piles of electronic waste - a source of both income and health risks - to their hometown.

Community leaders say more than 67 per cent of locals, as a result, have developed health problems from substandard disposal of such waste.

"Most people here have earned their living by handling electronic waste. They have disassembled old electronic devices and sold the recyclable parts for money," Khong Chai senior deputy chief Prasitchai Phangrodrat said yesterday.

Tighter rules for electronic waste planned

THE INDUSTRIAL Works Department is planning to place household electrical and electronic devices under the Dangerous Materials Act.

The move is designed to tackle illegal scavenging of electronic waste, after reports from many areas of health and environmental threats from such activity.

Department chief Nattapol Nattasomboon said yesterday that many communities, especially in the Northeast, were improperly separating and disposing of electrical appliances and electronic gadgets.

Thailand pushes for new law for proper disposal of electronic wastes

Industrial Works Department head Natthapol Natthasomboon said today (Wednesday) last year alone there were 20.88 million units of discarded electric and electronic devices. These included 9.14 million landline telephones, 2.43 million television sets, 3.3 million units of portable audio and video players, 1.99 million personal computers, 1.5 million fax machines, 710,000 airconditioners and 872,000 refrigerators.

INTERPOL launches Project Eden to target illegal waste

INTERPOL’s Project Eden, targeting the illegal trade and disposal of waste, has been officially launched during the INTERPOL Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Events in Kenya.

Through Project Eden, INTERPOL aims to raise the profile of this transnational crime which in addition to threatening the quality of the global environment and posing a significant risk to human health, also undermines international conventions, undercuts legitimate treatment facilities and causes economic harm due to the loss of recoverable raw materials.