Profepa detected more than 19 tons of electronic waste customs Altamira, Tamaulipas
This was in the context of the 4th National Operating on Transport and Transboundary Movement of Materials, Substances and Hazardous Waste, coordinated by the Deputy Industrial Inspection, held on 21 and 22 May this year, in collaboration with the customs authority of the Port of Altamira.
PROFEPA personnel inspected containers where noted that electronic waste came packaged in plastic and cardboard, wooden boxes, containing monitors and television screens and damaged used different measures; In addition, two wooden pallets containing electronic tablets (hard disk drives), packaged in plastic bags.
On the outside of the boxes a sheet with the words "obsolete material intended for destruction" where the date, customer name, different measures of TVs, amount by weight, was observed also indicates etc.
Therefore, the Inspection Act rose to the importer by just over 19 tons of electronic waste, found shelter under the Customs Authority.
It notes that in the environmental legislation only allows the import of hazardous to reuse or recycle the same residues.
Electronic waste, electronic waste and technological waste (in English: e-waste, or WEEE), is known by the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) concept. Inadequate treatment of WEEE can cause serious impacts to the environment and human health.
According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) electronic waste is any device powered by electricity, whose service life has expired.
Based on the above, our inspectors acted in strict accordance with the law. To prevent improper handling of electronic waste, which can cause contamination of soil and bodies of surface water or groundwater, introducing runoff from improper storage.
So far in the month of May this year, the Office has detected two export movements, where the companies intend to ship such waste without authorization issued by SEMARNAT.