After satisfying our need to pollute our land, sea and air with waste, we’ve apparently started to use Iraq as a new dumping ground according to one Iraqi who has been contracted by the US Army there to dispose of their waste:

An Iraqi who runs a company that disposes of U.S. military waste since the war began defended American contractors. “The Americans properly separate the hazardous material from the plastic and scrap metal,” Qahtan Khalaf said. He pinned the blame on Lebanese and Kuwaiti companies who receive the recycled parts, then mix it with the toxic material and send it back to Iraq. “That’s how they get rid of things.”

The dumping issue had arisen from an investigation done by The Times in which they have found that the Americans failed to properly dispose or recycle their waste. The only finger-pointing towards Lebanon comes from Qahtan Khalaf, the Tikrit-based owner of al-Shefar Group:

“The Americans properly separate the hazardous material from the plastic and scrap metal, and then pass it on to Kuwaiti and Lebanese companies. Some of the companies then mix it back together and pass it on to Iraqi companies.”

Iraqi companies who do what then? Dump it in their backyards? Maybe fingers should be pointed in other directions.

An Iraqi woman carries a sack over her shoulder as she makes her way to the garbage dump close to where she and her family live on the southern outskirts of the city of Karbala.

An Iraqi woman carries a sack over her shoulder as she makes her way to the garbage dump close to where she and her family live on the southern outskirts of the city of Karbala. Sawaf/Getty