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Recycled Electronics; Ends Not Out-weighing Means?

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I have a pile of old electronic/computer gear in my garage that I just can’t bring myself to toss in the garbage. I considered Ebay and Craigslist, but I still haven’t gotten around to it. Recycling was another option I was going for, but then this article at CNN disturbed me:

While there are no precise figures, activists estimate that 50 to 80 percent of the 300,000 to 400,000 tons of electronics collected for recycling in the U.S. each year ends up overseas. Workers in countries such as China, India and Nigeria then use hammers, gas burners and their bare hands to extract metals, glass and other recyclables, exposing themselves and the environment to a cocktail of toxic chemicals.

“It is being recycled, but it’s being recycled in the most horrific way you can imagine,” said Jim Puckett of the Basel Action Network, the Seattle-based environmental group that tipped off Hong Kong authorities. “We’re preserving our own environment, but contaminating the rest of the world.”

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November 21, 2007 - Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, News, Rants, Science and Technology

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