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Man Jailed For Selling 2Nd-Hand Tvs

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Apparently, 2nd-hand TVs are classed as toxic waste and their export is illegal.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/20/man-jailed-illegal-exporting-electrical-waste-africa

Looks like a clear-cut case in the above report. Apparently, it's less clear according to major international reports.

On average 91% of shipments of "waste" to Africa is actually in working order and reused. This is actually higher than the servicable proportion of "new" goods sold in Africa (frequently rejects from production lots, end-of-line units, etc.)

Interestingly the judge imposed the jail sentence, despite the findings of the report on waste export/recycling.

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Apparently, 2nd-hand TVs are classed as toxic waste and their export is illegal.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/20/man-jailed-illegal-exporting-electrical-waste-africa

Looks like a clear-cut case in the above report. Apparently, it's less clear according to major international reports.

On average 91% of shipments of "waste" to Africa is actually in working order and reused. This is actually higher than the servicable proportion of "new" goods sold in Africa (frequently rejects from production lots, end-of-line units, etc.)

Interestingly the judge imposed the jail sentence, despite the findings of the report on waste export/recycling.

In some marketplaces in Africa, you can find entire streets of shops devoted to TV repair.

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