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It’s Not Local, It’s Strictly Global Business!

Posted by feww on July 17, 2009

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Glorious Globalization

Hazardous Waste from UK Dumped in Brazil

Crash course on Win-Win Business formula for entrepreneurial companies and developing countries.

1. Hospitals (health authorities) and other  industries in developed countries save lots of money by contracting out their hazardous waste disposal to “waste lieutenants” [“entrepreneurial” companies with no expert knowledge of waste disposal.] No questions asked.

2. The waste lieutenants make lots of money by outsourcing the disposal. [They simply ship them over to developing countries, were it is disposed of for a few dollars per ton.] No questions asked.

3. Shipping companies ask no questions! The bottom line is staying in business, whatever the moral cost.

4. The receiving agents often dump the hazardous waste in municipal dumps, or in any old quarry, mineshaft, dump they can find. NO QUESTIONS ASKED!

5. The government in the exporting countries show concern whenever the news breaks out.

Brazil discovers 64 containers with 1,400 tonnes of hazardous UK waste shipped to three of its ports

Brazilian police said they found batteries, condoms, nappies and syringes among the waste which was shipped in illegally.

In a further discovery they found 25 containers with hospital waste from England.

hazardous hospital waste
Hazardous Hospital Waste. Source www. thehindubusinessline.com. Image may be subject to copyright.

“The finds were made in the port of Santos near to Sao Paulo and two other ports in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul.” BBC reported.

“The authorities say they fear it may represent an attempt to use South America’s largest country as a dumping ground for hazardous waste in the way that has happened in other parts of the world, including Africa.”

“Public resentment over the issue increased when it was revealed that inside one of the containers was a collection of dirty toys with a note in Portuguese saying they should be washed before being given to ‘poor Brazilian children.'”

A third batch of containers were also discovered which reportedly included bags full of blood, and other dangerous hospital waste.

“Five companies have already been fined in Brazil but lawyers for the importers say they were deceived and believed they were being sent plastic for recycling.”

The authorities in Brazil suspect that two UK companies are involved in the export of hazardous waste.

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If you’re flying to Beijing for the Olympics …

Posted by feww on April 22, 2008

Make sure you sample the barreled water

In China’s southwestern province of Guizhou, polluted barreled water has made more than 200 ill. The victims feel ill with hepatitis A.

“The source of the water was heavily polluted and its production lacked strict sterilization,” according to Beijing News. News Report

According to a report, about half the water used in coolers in the Olympics host city could be tainted.

Hep A: An acute infectious disease of the liver

Hepatitis A, (formerly known as infectious hepatitis), is an acute infectious disease of the liver caused by Hepatitis A virus, which is most commonly transmitted by the fecal-oral route via contaminated food or drinking water. Every year, approximately 10 million people worldwide are infected with the virus. The time between infection and the appearance of the symptoms, (the incubation period), is between two and six weeks and the average incubation period is 28 days.

Hepatitis A virus
Electron micrograph of hepatitis A virions. Source: CDC

In developing countries, and in regions with poor hygiene standards, the incidence of infection with this virus approaches 100% and the illness is usually contracted in early childhood. Hepatitis A infection causes no clinical signs and symptoms in over 90% of these children and since the infection confers lifelong immunity, the disease is of no special significance to the indigenous population. In Europe, the United States and other industrialised countries, on the other hand, the infection is contracted primarily by susceptible young adults, most of whom are infected with the virus during trips to countries with a high incidence of the disease. (Source: Wikipedia)

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