Most of us don’t think of what happens to our OLD electronics, but doing some research and reading the details of a 60 Minute piece that ran, I was horrified of the ramifications of what is happening.
I was glad to see the US Government is trying to do something about it but obviously more needs to be done.
This week in Washington, D.C., U.S. Representatives Gene Green and Mike Thompson introduced legislation to stop U.S. “recyclers” from dumping electronic waste on developing countries. It’s a serious problem that was notably documented by 60 Minutes back in 2008. You have to read the article!
Just reading the outline of the 60 minute piece made me angry. Not sure if you have dropped off electronics at a recycling event – thinking that the product would be recycled and re-used where possible – not shipped oversea’s. It sounds like this is a huge illegal money-making business that is hurting communities in other countries with less safety controls and laws.