Our international coalition is fighting to end hazardous mine waste dumping into oceans, rivers and lakes.
That’s how much hazardous waste mining companies dump directly into our oceans, rivers and lakes every year: that’s more waste than the United States puts into its landfills. This practice smothers seabed floors and coral reefs, decimates fish populations, and floods wetlands and forests.
Polluted water. Destroyed ecosystems. Lost livelihoods. For decades, communities and ecosystems from Idaho to Indonesia have suffered the devastating impacts.
The Ditch Ocean Dumping campaign is calling for a ban on tailings dumping in water, and demanding banks withdraw from mining companies using this outdated practice. Join Us! We Need Your Help!
It’s the foundation of a healthy life. For many indigenous communities, water is the heart of their cultural heritage and spiritual practice. Healthy oceans and clean rivers and lakes are also critical to reducing the impacts of climate change.
That is why we must take action now to stop this outdated practice from making a comeback: a new mine is already operating in Papua New Guinea, proposed projects are moving forward in Norway, and the industry has its sights set on Chile.
Mine waste can contain up to three dozen dangerous chemicals, including arsenic, lead, mercury, and cyanide. These metals accumulate in fish and, ultimately, the people that eat them.
Although mine waste dumping in water has been phased out in many parts of the world, companies still use it, governments still allow it, and some of the world’s largest banks and investment firms still profit from it.
As this movement grows, other financial institutions are stepping up and taking measures to prevent disposing of tailings in the ocean. Standard Chartered and Citigroup have issued new policies that restrict financing submarine mine waste disposal in response to the Ditch Ocean Dumping campaign. Major Norwegian asset manager, Storebrand divested from Chinese firm MCC over ocean dumping at the Ramu mine.