An immediate halt to electronic goods exports by their subcontractors has been ordered by one of the biggest recycling companies in Britain following an investigation that found at two of its sites toxic e-waste that was being sent to West Africa.

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) campaigners had tracking devices planted in televisions that were broken beyond repair which made them illegal to be exported under European rules. The rules require that all electronic goods be tested to ensure they work if they are used for export.

Two televisions that had been left at Merseyside based Environment Waste controls were purchased and tracked to Ghana and Nigeria. EIA findings will be part of a BBC 1 Panorama documentary this evening are saying that since no tests were made to the TV’s before being sent to Africa, then they were illegally exported.

By Alan