System Failure

A report on how toxic discarded technology is illegally leaving the UK to wash up in Africa.

Disposing of e-waste is fast becoming big business and our 18-month undercover operation – the most thorough to date into the illegal underbelly of the trade – shows that the chance to make a quick profit at the expense of the developing world is too tempting for some to resist.

E-waste most commonly comprises everyday electrical goods and European Union regulations require it to be properly recycled, either here or in other developed countries.