Trash headed to Burkina Faso seized

March 30, 2013 at 12:46 PM
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SALERNO, Italy, March 30 (UPI) -- Italian police and customs officials have seized more than 2 tons of garbage that was allegedly heading to Burkina Faso in West Africa, officials said.

The trash contained tires, mattresses, toys and small electrical items. It was confiscated from an exporter at the Salerno port Friday, Italy's ANSA news agency reported.

Industrialized countries in recent years have been dumping trash in West Africa, ANSA said. The garbage dumped there is often toxic and electronic waste.

Officials said the trash seized Friday was not considered hazardous.

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