Thailand has been swamped by waste from the west after Chinese ban on imports

At a deserted factory outside Bangkok, skyscrapers made from vast blocks of crushed printers, Xbox components and TVs tower over black rivers of smashed-up computer screens.

This is a tiny fragment of the estimated 50m tonnes of electronic waste created globally every year, a tide of toxic rubbish that is flooding into south-east Asia from the EU, US and Japan.

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