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“We’re preserving our own environment, but contaminating the rest of the world.”
Ever wonder what happens to your electronics when you recycle them? I, like everyone else, thought we were helping the Earth by recycling these products. But in actuality, we’re contributing to a global trade in electronic trash that endangers workers and pollutes the environment overseas. In fact, here is the USA 50 to 80 percent of the 300,000 to 400,000 tons of electronics collected for recycling 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 tons of toxic chemicals. (Note: True, this “cracking open with bare hands” does no happen in ALL countries that import e-waste, but more than zero means there’s a problem.)
Here’s the link to the actual article on E-waste:
Destination of ‘recycled’ electronics may surprise you – CNN.com
And learn how to tell when to pull the plug on your electronics, or just get it repaired:
When Good Electronics Go Bad – Yahoo.com
A mon avis, all electronics should be owned forever by the very companies who manufacture them. When the consumer is finished with the product, they return it to the manufacturer who recycles/reuses the parts. Manufacturers will have to take this into consideration in their design process, thereby saving money and resources for themselves, passing on that savings to their customers, and being responsible, in the long run, for not shipping their “mess” to someone else to fix while their health is in danger.