Fridge Fatigue

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Fridge Fatigue


Cooke, Rebecca, New Internationalist


Ghana has accused a British recycling firm of illegally dumping electronic waste. Late last year, authorities in Ghana's capital city, Accra, seized 135 used fridges, the latest in a series of electrical waste shipments to arrive in the city.

Victor Owusu, spokesperson for Ghana's authority and energy commission, claimed British recycling company Environcom is responsible for dumping a total of 4,000 used fridges in the area.

Environcom is Britain's leading recycling firm and reportedly disposes of used appliances for multimillion dollar companies such as Argos and Dixons.

This latest shipment has stirred tensions because Ghana introduced a ban on imports of fridges and parts in January 2013, becoming the first African country to do so. Accra's latest haul - 17 containers totalling over 10 tonnes of e-waste - flouts the ban.

'I think that they think "it's Africa", so they can get away with it,' said Victor Owusu, who warned importers that they would be dealt with strictly. …

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