On September 14, the ‘Guardia di Finanzia’ (‘Guard of Finances’, an Italian law enforcement agency), has seized 60 ton of special waste that was directed to Burkina Faso, stored in seven containers. The financers have recovered tires, compressors loaded with gas, car batteries and trucks, and numerous photovoltaic panels.
The material was accompanied by a false customs documentation. They have also found tousands of electrical accumulators, which come from theft from the major Italian telephone companies, of a total value that exceeds one million euros. Seven people have been investigated for the crime of illegal trafficking of waste and stolen goods.
If we decide to believe the data of a research in 2017, only 20% of global electronic waste is “collected and properly recycled”, which means that 80% of electronic waste, or e-waste, is potentially prey to illicit trafficking that can also involve countries like Burkina, whose government has instead been committed for years to promoting sustainable development as a way of economic growth and poverty reduction. (Euronews)
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