RiTeng reportedly supplies parts for Apple's iPads. (Photo/Xinhua)
A contract manufacturer for Apple has been accused of dumping toxic waste into a Shanghai river, reports citizen journalism website Boxun.
Ri-Teng Computer Accessory, a Shanghai-based company that supplies computer parts for Apple's iPad, is said to have continually dumped cutting fluids and oily liquid waste from its No. 3 factory directly into the city's drainage system, causing severe damage to the Songjiang river.
Locals claim the river has turned a milky white color over the last couple of years, with many reporting an overpowering stench in hot weather and large numbers of dead fish floating on the surface.
The Songjiang environmental bureau has commenced a full investigation and has vowed to punish those responsible and implement better prevention methods to prevent similar incidents in the future.
This is not the first time Ri-Teng has been in the spotlight for the wrong reasons. In December 2011, 61 people were injured during an explosion at one of its factories, while in October last year the company was accused of abusing its workers.
Ri-Teng specializes in supplying computer parts and exterior casings for top electronic companies such as Apple. The company has also partnered with major market players such as Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Asus.
A company receptionist told reporters that they were not aware of the situation at its No. 3 factory or the company's waste management policy. Requests to speak to management staff were denied.