Recycled electronics are turning Thailand into a 'dumping ground for hazardous waste'

Electronic waste from Western countries, including Australia, is flooding the shores of South-East Asian nations like Thailand, sparking fears of air and water pollution.

Key points:

  • Environmental activists say there are many illegal e-waste processing facilities in Thailand

  • China banned the importation of foreign waste in 2018

  • Australia sent 250,000 kilos of e-waste to Thailand in 2018, a 500-fold increase on 2017

Global waste markets were upended in 2018 when China implemented tough new import restrictions on plastic and e-waste materials from foreign nations, forcing countries to find new markets.