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Brazil Demands Repatriation of UK Hazardous Waste

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the got-enough-of-our-own-thanks dept.

Earth 110

Peace Corps Online writes "BBC reports that Brazilian authorities are demanding the return of more than 1,400 tons of hazardous British waste found in about 90 shipping containers on three Brazilian docks. The waste, which includes syringes, condoms, and bags of blood, has been identified as being of UK origin from the names of British supermarkets and newspapers among the rubbish. Reports in the UK media say the waste was sent from Felixstowe in eastern England to the port of Santos, near Sao Paulo, and two other ports in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. The British government has launched an investigation into how and why the waste was sent to Brazil and the British Embassy in Brazil has said in a statement that it was investigating and would 'not hesitate to act' if it was found that a UK company had violated the Basel Convention on the movement of hazardous waste. Meanwhile Brazil is demanding the immediate return of the rubbish to the UK. 'We will ask for the repatriation of this garbage,' says Roberto Messias, head of the Brazilian environment agency. 'Clearly, Brazil is not a big rubbish dump of the world.'" Two UK companies named by Brazil as suspected exporters of the waste are owned by a Brazilian, based in the UK, who says that anything that was in the containers other than the expected recyclable plastic is a problem to take up with his suppliers.

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Britain's response (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28743439)

"Why does Brazil want Scotland?"

Siverek (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28743457)

what is this ?

( siverek, siverek haber http://www.sivereknet.com )

Why is this on Slashdot ? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28743461)

Why is this on Slashdot ?

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (4, Insightful)

vivaoporto (1064484) | more than 5 years ago | (#28743573)

I second that. There is absolutely no direct involvement of technology in any aspect of this news. Not even something a so called "nerd", if interested, would look for to discuss on this particular website.

This is nothing but a pitiful attempt to flamebait the British, the Brazilian and the peanut gallery over here for more ad clicks.

Stop whining! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28744045)

Not even something a so called "nerd", if interested, would look for to discuss on this particular website.

Lookup Asimovs Strikebreaker... there you go fixed that for you now you can sleep easy and stop whining.

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (1)

NotBornYesterday (1093817) | more than 5 years ago | (#28744063)

This could be a waste-to-energy story (and therefore "news for nerds") if there were a plan to build a plant to convert it to fuel using cool technology [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28744355)

Tell me about it. We pay some Brazilian to get rid of our rubbish. He cocks it up and /. can't wait to stick the boot in. The UK is mentioned all the time for a site that is supposedly US focussed, and it's always in a negative light.

Sure, we don't get everything right, but it's nothing more than poorly disguised xenophobia on the part of the submitters.

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (1)

someone1234 (830754) | more than 5 years ago | (#28745789)

Huh? I read US or Canada based fuckups all the time here. Some little variety won't hurt!

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (1)

solevita (967690) | more than 5 years ago | (#28744433)

Slashdot loves to get hysterical about CCTV cameras in the UK and the subsequent lack of privacy every British citizen suffers; maybe someone's got some footage of this waste being loaded onto the ship? That would probably make kdawson's head explode.

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (1)

Kuroji (990107) | more than 5 years ago | (#28745541)

But that would mean it was actually observing something USEFUL. The odds of that are staggeringly low.

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (1)

MrMista_B (891430) | more than 5 years ago | (#28744599)

What, you don't think boats use technology?

'Technology' is more than 'computers', you know. Or, I guess, you don't.

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28744757)

Last time I checked 'Technology' included the wheel and fire.

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28746953)

There is absolutely no direct involvement of technology in any aspect of this news.

You don't know about the bags of blood and the terrible secret of the iPhone ?

IA! IA ! APLLE F'THAGN!
 

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28743581)

Because despite what you may think, it *is* "stuff that matters" (and by that I mean how big companies/governement - for now there's still a difference - are handling waste).

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28743675)

It is not however news for nerds at all.

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28745325)

I'm a nerd. This is news to me. I'm interested. Any questions?

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (1)

m0rph3us0 (549631) | more than 5 years ago | (#28743719)

Is there any other kind of government besides big government?

What a surprise that it's posted by kdawson. I wish you could filter slashdot by admin who posted.

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28743855)

"Is there any other kind of government besides big government?" There's dead government which is a vast improvement.

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28743903)

You can filter slashdot by moderator. It's how I ignore that useless bastard samzenpus.

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (1)

e9th (652576) | more than 5 years ago | (#28743927)

You can filter by editor. Here. [slashdot.org]

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (0, Offtopic)

arethuza (737069) | more than 5 years ago | (#28743959)

Have a look at the way the Swiss run their country.

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (3, Funny)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 5 years ago | (#28743999)

Like clockwork.

The SWISS way (1)

omb (759389) | more than 5 years ago | (#28744775)

CHF 35.00 for 10 x 60 liter abfal sacks

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (1)

LeoPercepied (1564829) | more than 5 years ago | (#28744803)

Is there any other kind of government besides big government?

Yes, specially third world countries where the government is not small, but in several aspects corrupt and not too controlled by the population, allowing big companies (specially foreigner but local too) to find illegal shortcuts to increase profit. An example of this would be to dump hazardous waste in someone else backyard.

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28744051)

If "stuff that matters" is the only criteria for getting on Slashdot, then every news story should be posted. News is, after all NEWS. I thought this was a tech blog and "stuff that mattered" would be inside the tech field.

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (1)

koxkoxkox (879667) | more than 5 years ago | (#28744225)

Oh, like all the stories about american politics you mean ?

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (1)

Pyrion (525584) | more than 5 years ago | (#28748243)

This "news" has diddly fucking squat to do with technology, and as this is a technology site, it doesn't belong here. Doesn't matter if you consider yourself a nerd and this is news to you, cuz guess what, the vast majority of useless mainstream entertainment news would most likely be news to you and it still wouldn't belong on Slashdot.

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (2, Informative)

Bearhouse (1034238) | more than 5 years ago | (#28743595)

Because it's a slow news day?
"News for nerds" my ass...

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (0, Flamebait)

Snarf You (1285360) | more than 5 years ago | (#28743677)

If I were an asshole, I would say "kdawson".

But I'm not, so I won't.

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28743751)

If I were an observant I would say "kdawson".

FTFY

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (0, Flamebait)

michelcultivo (524114) | more than 5 years ago | (#28743731)

Because it's good to see what England is doing with the third world.

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 5 years ago | (#28744027)

Oh stop complaining, what the hell else are you going to do?
Go outside and get some exercise?

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28744629)

They found an old AOL CD and a 3 1/2 inch floppy disk in there.

Re:Why is this on Slashdot ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28746219)

I'm not sure, but we could piggyback off of this story and have a discussion of the general state of recycling technology...oh and shouldn't condoms be recyclable?

Kdawson Demands Retraction of AC First Post (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28743475)

first, bitches

Wow. Truth really IS so much stranger than fiction (4, Interesting)

Datamonstar (845886) | more than 5 years ago | (#28743483)

Douglas Adams himself would have a difficult time thinking up something so blunderingly, amazingly stupid and steeped in political dumb-fuckery. I find myself compelled, forced even, to complete a piece of fan fiction regarding a massive garbage freighter being sent repeatedly back and forth between two planets like a giant, stinky and half-rotten tennis ball because two governments couldn't get it straight which one of them tossed out the first banana peel. I think it has merit.

Re:Wow. Truth really IS so much stranger than fict (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28743537)

I'm almost positive there was a Star Trek episode of that very nature... It may have been Star Trek: Voyager... does that still count?

Re:Wow. Truth really IS so much stranger than fict (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28745213)

I'm almost positive there was a Star Trek episode of that very nature... It may have been Star Trek: Voyager... does that still count?

There was a Next Generation episode called "Final Mission" where they run into a ship full of radioactive garbage and wind up redirecting it into a star.

Re:Wow. Truth really IS so much stranger than fict (4, Funny)

Shikaku (1129753) | more than 5 years ago | (#28743567)

This is why we should make a giant ball of garbage and shoot it into space!

Re:Wow. Truth really IS so much stranger than fict (1, Funny)

wjh31 (1372867) | more than 5 years ago | (#28743605)

Give us this day our daily mod points.

Re:Wow. Truth really IS so much stranger than fict (1)

actualmind (1600927) | more than 5 years ago | (#28745111)

Anyone else remember that FUTURAMA episode?

Re:Wow. Truth really IS so much stranger than fict (1)

Dragonslicer (991472) | more than 5 years ago | (#28745609)

The person that posted the joke probably does.

It's happened before in real life (4, Informative)

SteveFoerster (136027) | more than 5 years ago | (#28743859)

The Mobro 4000 was a garbage barge that had to cruise back and forth [wikipedia.org] between the U.S. and Central America back in the '80s.

Re:Wow. Truth really IS so much stranger than fict (1)

Pyrion (525584) | more than 5 years ago | (#28748261)

So just torpedo the fucking thing.

riiiiight.... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28743495)

who says that anything that was in the containers other than the expected recyclable plastic is a problem to take up with his suppliers.

Did he ship it? Did his company sign the manifests and declarations? Did his company pay the mooring fees? Sorry, that's the cost of doing business. It's his problem.

"I didn't know what was in the bag" doesn't work for smugglers.

Re:riiiiight.... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28744177)

Yes and no.. one of the things about container shipping is that most of the time the shipper never does know what is in the container other than what the supplier says is in it. They pick up the container box closed and sealed and it remains so until it reaches its destination (this is considered a strength of container shipping and not a weakness - less "falling off the back of the truck" sort of thing).

Re:riiiiight.... (2, Informative)

Nick Ives (317) | more than 5 years ago | (#28748183)

No, it really is a problem for his suppliers. I brought the site I work on into compliance with EU waste regulations and one of the principles is that waste remains the responsibility of the producer. If the Waste Transfer Notes for the shipments said the containers were full of recyclable plastic then the person who shipped the waste in good faith isn't liable.

Given the volume of waste involved then this looks like a screw-up at a waste management company somewhere. Quite how they could've mixed up plastic with hazardous waste (two sets of regulations!) I have no idea. Still, whoever produced the waste (probably several organisations) should be very worried. Waste remains the responsibility of the producer until final disposal!

Could be worse. (4, Funny)

bobdotorg (598873) | more than 5 years ago | (#28743547)

I hear that the Port of Buenos Aires was sent 31 shipping containers of British food.

Re:Could be worse. (1)

Aggrajag (716041) | more than 5 years ago | (#28743563)

Brits eat waste?

Re:Could be worse. (4, Funny)

bobdotorg (598873) | more than 5 years ago | (#28743607)

Brits eat waste?

Yes. Although they sometimes call it pudding.

Re:Could be worse. (2, Funny)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 5 years ago | (#28743827)

Only if they've eaten their meat beforehand.

Re:Could be worse. (4, Funny)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 5 years ago | (#28743931)

Reminds me of the old saw:
Heaven - Where the police are British, the lovers Italian, the chefs French, the cars German, all organized by the Swiss.
Hell - Where the police are German, the lovers Swiss, the chefs British, the cars French, all organized by the Italians.

Re:Could be worse. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28744053)

Reality - Where the police are Traffic Analyzers, the lovers Video Clips, the chefs Pizza boys, the cars Public Transport, all organized by Linus.

Re:Could be worse. (1)

orngjce223 (1505655) | more than 5 years ago | (#28744721)

The British police aren't heaven anymore. Seen the news coming from there recently?

Re:Could be worse. (1)

Ash-Fox (726320) | more than 5 years ago | (#28747487)

The British police aren't heaven anymore. Seen the news coming from there recently?

Considering how publicized any single missdeed the British police does and how many restrictive controls are in place to prevent abuse. It is my opinion that due to the organisational structure and public participation, that the British police are still one of the best police forces in the world.

Re:Could be worse. (1)

Nick Ives (317) | more than 5 years ago | (#28748197)

You're wrong. The cops who murdered that Brazilian electrician on the tube because they mistakenly assumed he was a terrorist got away scot free. There was also that killing during the G20 protests about which little will be done.

The police in this country are largely unaccountable.

Re:Could be worse. lovers (1)

omb (759389) | more than 5 years ago | (#28744823)

Kanton Tessin, speaks Italian and __IS__ in Switzerland

Have you been there? Rubbish has more flavour! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28743615)

I love England. I've spent a good bit of time in The Fens, and enjoyed a great variety of ale and cider and Greek food. However, I've got to say that ALL of the flavor in british food is found between the fried tomato at breakfast and the bottle of vinegar at the fish and chips place. In case you find your food has too much flavour, though, they do have a bottle of some white sauce which will cancel any hint of flavor.

I love the Brits, but the food must have something to do with their teeth. Maybe it's because they live on cider. I certainly tried to.

Re:Have you been there? Rubbish has more flavour! (2, Informative)

funkatron (912521) | more than 5 years ago | (#28743865)

You obviously didn't order the mushy peas or the "curry sauce". Tons of flavour, tho probably not to your taste.

Re:Have you been there? Rubbish has more flavour! (1)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 5 years ago | (#28745089)

Poster was talking about British food. Not International-Food-that-happens-to-be-findable-in-Britain. Curry is no more British than Crepes.

Re:Have you been there? Rubbish has more flavour! (1)

H0p313ss (811249) | more than 5 years ago | (#28745745)

Poster was talking about British food. Not International-Food-that-happens-to-be-findable-in-Britain. Curry is no more British than Crepes.

Au contraire, curry is very British, particularly if you had family who left India in '48 like me.

Re:Have you been there? Rubbish has more flavour! (1)

Ash Vince (602485) | more than 5 years ago | (#28746741)

Poster was talking about British food. Not International-Food-that-happens-to-be-findable-in-Britain. Curry is no more British than Crepes.

He did not say Curry, he said "Curry Sauce", there is a difference. Curry sauce is about as related to curry is as McDonalds is to Rump steak. They might have some similar ingredients but the similarity ends there. It is certainly not an Indian creation since they have better taste.

Both curry sauce and mushy pease are strange liquids that us Brits pour over chips (thick cut French Fries but made from real potato, not reformed mash). Curry Sauce is this strange muddy brown liquid that looks disturbing like diarrea. Mushy Peas is peas that have been boiled for so long they become a textureless green slop.

In order to truly appreciate these delicacies they need to be consumed after 6 pints of strong bitter and while trying to remember where you live.

Re:Have you been there? Rubbish has more flavour! (1)

funkatron (912521) | more than 5 years ago | (#28747237)

The curry sauce I was referring to tastes more like thick warm acid than actual food. I'm pretty sure that no other country would want to claim it as part of their cuisine.

Re:Have you been there? Rubbish has more flavour! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28748295)

The first curry recipes appeared in a British cookbook thirty years before the American wars of independence.

It's fair to say it's been here a while.

Re:Have you been there? Rubbish has more flavour! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28744077)

Let me guess, you ate a lot of great food, drank a lot of great beer, but whatever remained that you didn't like gets called 'British food'.

It still surprises me that a country with the best restaurants and best chefs in the world, still gets judged by what people eat in the motorway transport cafes.

Re:Have you been there? Rubbish has more flavour! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28744495)

May I suggest that next time you don't spend your time eating at chippies, greasy spoon cafes, pubs and fast food places? Try some of the good restaurants, you can find them in most towns, even those in the Fens, it just takes some effort to look them up. British food isn't just about the full English breakfast and fish and chips. They have an extensive range of foods and dishes (and heck, it even varies in style from region to region) and don't deserve tourists who can't figure out a pub from a restaurant spreading the myth than Britain has bad food.

Okay, okay, fine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28744741)

I'll admit that I ate a lot of pub food. And yes, I had the pea slurry. It was rather flavorless too. And I did have a lot of good, flavorfull food; you imported it from all over the empire. Seriously, the only place I've been with a similar selection of ethnic foods is Abu Dhabi. the best Indian cuisine I've had has been there (no, haven't been to Mumbai) Great Ethiopian and mediteranean restraunts. I mentioned a couple of Greek restraunts, I hope. Lots of good oriental food, lots. Fabulous Indian restraunts, again. Good Itallian restraunts, and some Egyptian place that didn't have the rotting smell and flies that come with everything in Cairo. However, everything that seemed local was pretty bland. Even the bangers (sausage) were pretty weak. But, I do love you guys and apologize for the oral hygine comment.

Re:Could be worse. (1)

sa1lnr (669048) | more than 5 years ago | (#28745309)

"Brits eat waste?"

It was full of McDonalds, Burger King, KFC and Pizza Hut then. ;)

Re:Could be worse. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28743579)

They were turned away, they didn't want to risk anyone catching spotted dick.

Re:Could be worse. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28744535)

I hope you don't think that Buenos Aires is a brazilian city.

Re:Could be worse. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28744797)

Of course it is! It is Brazil's capital!!!

Dracula sneaks into Brazil Via Shipping Containers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28743571)

syringes, condoms, bags of blood? someone had a weird party in that container.
or... perhaps the mafia was torturing someone?

Black Puddings (4, Funny)

wjh31 (1372867) | more than 5 years ago | (#28743669)

When comming from supermarkets, i believe the correct term for a bag of blood is a black pudding.

Re:Black Puddings (1)

JamesP (688957) | more than 5 years ago | (#28745393)

So with used condoms it's a "Special Black Pudding" and it costs twice as much I guess.

Dumb question, why put these things in a container and ship instead of incinerating??

And the problem is... what? (2, Insightful)

tingeber (1129619) | more than 5 years ago | (#28743709)

I don't know much about garbage, but 1.400 tons doesn't sound like an enormous number, considering the USA produces 220 milion tons a year [answers.com] .
Plus, it seems like a simple problem of foul play between companies, why does the government get involved?
I know waste disposal is a huge problem, but this sounds like attention-whoring.

Re:And the problem is... what? (2, Insightful)

petermgreen (876956) | more than 5 years ago | (#28744119)

Plus, it seems like a simple problem of foul play between companies, why does the government get involved?
because at one stage companies in developed countries were pushing thier waste problems on to less developed countries where they were far less likely to be dealt with in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.

It was decided this was a bad thing and so international agreements were signed forbidding it. Someone has broken that agreement and it is now the governments job to punish them for doing so.

Parent is not troll! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28744131)

Come on, mods, I personally disagree with this opinion too, but that doesn't mean it's a troll.

The BR Plague. (0, Flamebait)

ManlySpork (1542827) | more than 5 years ago | (#28743795)

The UK should reply with: "When all Brazilians stop playing international MMO's we will.

Waste from raves the police broke up (1)

Reasoned Mind (1554009) | more than 5 years ago | (#28743853)

They needed somewhere to dump all the filth from their decadent raving lifestyle after the nanny state cracked down on them. Why not dump it on the poor Catholics who live in Brazil? They must have thought Sao Paulo isn't messy enough as it is.

Hopefully this makes the article a bit more pallet (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28743879)

Since the article does not touch on it, and the information i will be presenting IS related to technology, i will hope that my lack of account (i just don't have one) will not be too much of a hindrance.

Sending one country's waste to other countries may seem like a fluke, but in fact it's a pretty big illegal industry. PBS FRONTLINE/world did a show on how old computer and technology hardware was being sent to third world countries in bulk and outside of legal channels. For those looking for the connection to 'news for nerds' this is probably as close as you can get. The old hardware is given to recycling companies who then give it to 'other companies' which ship it to third world countries where it's essentially dumped on the poor. Think parts of India, Ghana and China. The citizenry then break/corrode/melt the materials (out of necessity) using extremely toxic and unsafe means in order to sell the various valuable pieces. Furthermore, many of the hardware pieces are still in near working order, things like harddrives specifically can still be hooked up and read accurately (at one point in the show they get a harddrive from one of the dumps and it has a whole album of family photos on it, as well as financial information).

Anyways, if anyone is interested in how this practice works and why it exists, here is the link to the story as well as the video: http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/ghana804/

Re:Hopefully this makes the article a bit more pal (3, Insightful)

hernol (1402569) | more than 5 years ago | (#28744287)

This is how First World countries grow and control the world, by shitting Third World countries. It's a nice article about how UK doesnt give a f*** about other countries. And this is in slashdot because they sent their waste to the "wrong" country, this happens all the time in Africans and poor Asian countries, but you just dont hear of it.

Re:Hopefully this makes the article a bit more pal (3, Informative)

OneSmartFellow (716217) | more than 5 years ago | (#28745779)

OK, OK, let's clarify something. The UK Govt. did not send this waste to Brazil - if they had it would have ended up in Borneo, but I digress - a private company did.

Yes, there are rules about this sort of thing, but they are actually relatively difficult to enforce.

The fact is that some private company in Brazil, probably owned at least in part, by some very senior Brazilian officials, contracted to receive this waste, knowing full well what it contained. They got busted, and of course, claimed innocence.

"Medical waste, Oh, we thought it was Medical paste, WTF, send this stuff back !"

Re:Hopefully this makes the article a bit more pal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28747927)

the UK gov sanctioned this in a way, you need export permissions to ship this kind of waste

Re:Hopefully this makes the article a bit more pal (1)

Ash-Fox (726320) | more than 5 years ago | (#28747465)

And this is in slashdot because they sent their waste to the "wrong" country, this happens all the time in Africans and poor Asian countries, but you just dont hear of it.

[Citation needed]

Re:Hopefully this makes the article a bit more pal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28747677)

Sorry to spoil your anti-British rant, but the guy who owns the company that shipped that waste was Brazilian.

So maybe, just maybe, rather than this being a good excuse for you to hate the UK, the story is just about greedy fucks in general who will exploit everything they can for profit and maybe, the fact there director of the company was Brazilian is why it ended up in Brazil - because he felt his own country would be an easy target based on the first hand knowledge he has of the place and the contacts he has there.

You're right, this is how first world countries grow, but the point to take away is this - people from countries that aren't 1st world aren't saints, they're all just as bad.

passthebuck? (-1, Offtopic)

Scarletdown (886459) | more than 5 years ago | (#28743881)

Whoever tagged this with passthebuck was a bit off the mark. Since there were used condoms among the waste, passthefuck would have been more appropriate. :)

The west needs to get with it (1)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 5 years ago | (#28744129)

We need to start recycling our own waste streams rather than sending to other nations. In particular, we send our electronics to China where they pick out elements from it. Instead, if we would start designing our own recycling plants we could keep the elements HERE.

Look UNDER the waste (1)

NotQuiteReal (608241) | more than 5 years ago | (#28744147)

All the good stuff that is being smuggled is under the yucky stuff.

Re:Look UNDER the waste (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28744269)

Do you mean this?

1. ship waste to a foreign port
2. add contraband at the destination
3. demand that the waste be returned to sender
4. Profit!

All UK wastes are belong to us! (1)

purpleraison (1042004) | more than 5 years ago | (#28744151)

pwnage will be ars.

Just a minute (1)

Godwin O'Hitler (205945) | more than 5 years ago | (#28744401)

People are talking as though the whole of the UK has got together and decided to send their shite to Brazil.
Though I don't doubt such a plan has its merits, the summary does makes it clear that it was SOME BRAZILIAN OUTFIT that perpetrated the misdeed: "We'll get rid of your waste for you. Don't worry. We have a safe place to put it."

No propblem. Let Brazil send it back, and let the Brazilians who initiated the wrongdoing take care of it.

Blame where blame is due, please. :rolls eyes:

Re:Just a minute (1)

KrimZon (912441) | more than 5 years ago | (#28746805)

Next misleading headline: "Brazilian Company Importing 1400 Tons of Hazardous Waste From Brazil Into UK"

Simpsons reference (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28744477)

Apparently the person who was behind this had been inspired by The Simpsons episode "Trash of the Titans"

instead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28744705)

they should send it to mexico, they never complain...

Condoms??? (1)

Tmack (593755) | more than 5 years ago | (#28745025)

Condoms were a significant portion of the waste? Enough to be listed in the article? What, do brits have a separate bin for condoms so they can all be collected and recycled somehow? "Wait a tic dear, before we cuddle I gotta go toss this used rubber in the condom bin". Or is there some government agency that goes around filtering all the condoms from the normal rubbish bins of England? Unless they are un-used, expired maybe, this makes little sense to me...

Tm

Alice's restaurant (1)

petes_PoV (912422) | more than 5 years ago | (#28746209)

OK, who put those british supermarket bags in with the south-american waste?

great, more british bashing! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28746493)

I'm dumbfounded by this shit and sick of the constant british bashing. There's clearly issues here. You love to mock their traditional north european stodgy food (but call it 'irish' and you're all over it, right?) , their could care less attitude towards teeth bleaching and orthodontistry, their socialist background, state run media, so called big government, cctv cameras on every single street corner or a particular sponge and treacle pudding called spotted dick. hehehe that's right it's called fucking dick. One question, when does this constant bullying start being racist?

This story clearly has nothing at all to do with tech news and everything to do with a pathetic attempt to take another swipe at a nationalty that, I can only assume, you secretly wish you were more like.
 

Re:great, more british bashing! (1)

justinlee37 (993373) | more than 5 years ago | (#28746873)

It's racist when they form a mob to lynch brits.

Re:great, more british bashing! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28747017)

Shut your trap, limey bastard. Mickey boys can suck it, too.
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