DEATH METALS. Years of intensive tin mining has left a trail of devastating effects on the environment and the people on Bangka island. Big tin companies such as PT Timah and informal miners destroy large tracks of forest and the offshore mining the coral reefs. Bangka island produces currently one third of world's tin, used widely in the electronics and IT industry by major brands. Electronics companies such as Apple, Samsung, Panasonic, LG Electronics and Sony obtain their tin from Bangka Island. Informal miners sell their day's findings on to middlemen, who also collect tin from miners working in official mines. On Bangka Island 20% of locals are tin miners and another 40% work in related industries. Bangka has more or less turned into one big mining pit. Off shore tin mining is also rampant. Suction ships and bucket dredgers are killing marine life and destroying coral reefs.
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