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NOISE] T
ai police say their country has becoming a dumping ground for Asia's old electronics. They've put a 150 tons of high tech trash on display this week. Officials say most of the old computers, crashed game consoles and scrap have been coming in since China cracked down on it's own imports of what's called e-waste.
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> The companies we have filed charges against don't have a quota to import even a single ton of electronic waste.
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Chinese state media said over 70% of the world's e-waste was taken by China in 2016. That's more than 350 million tons, but China imposed a ban on more than 20 types of overseas trash last year. And that ban means hundreds of millions of tons of electronic garbage have to go somewhere else.
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It's led to pile ups of trash around the globe as exporters struggle to find new buyers for garbage. Thai police say their investigation showed some of the e-waste that's being brought to Thailand is being brought in by companies without permits.>>
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Therefore we are expanding our investigation.>> If you're caught bringing in illegal waste, it could land you ten years in Thailand's prisons. But environmental activists say that's not enough. They're calling for new laws to keep the problem from spiraling out of control. This week, Thailand said it's stepping up inspections nationwide.
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But critics say they're yet to see any details of how it will work.