Effects Of Toxic Waste In Africa

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Over the past years, industrialized nations, such as the United States (U.S.) and Europe, have ridded their nations of waste by participating in the international waste trade. The international waste trade is when industrialized nations export toxic wastes created in their country and relocate it to other undeveloped countries. This has become a debate issues due to various factors. In 1987, Sunday Nana, a Nigerian, illegally signed a contract allowing Italians, Renato Pent and Gianfranco Raffaeli, to export 18,000 containers of toxic waste created by various Italian companies out of Italy. The waste was to be placed in Nana’s backyard which was located in Koko, Nigeria where he would hoard it for a monthly fee. The hazardous waste filled …show more content…
It took only a few Nigerian students who were in Italy at the time of the incident to report the information back to Nigeria. In a matter of time, the issues was being handled and workers were called to remove the waste. When this was not working, Italy had to come and remove the waste. Because the Nigerian government was cooperative in the handling of the situation, it resulted in the country succeeding in the removal of the hazardous waste from their country which will no longer have a detrimental effect on its …show more content…
Many African governments are in desperate need of money and are willing to harbor toxic waste for a fee. For outside countries, it is more cost efficient to import their waste to these countries instead of paying more to keep it within their own. Africa’s laws and regulations on toxic wastes are also less strict than other countries. This allows for other industrialized nations to be able to get rid of the unwanted waste without worrying whether or not they are abiding by the

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