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What Happens to Australia's E-Waste 78

lukehopewell1 writes "Aussies recycle several million tonnes of computers, TVs, mobile phones and other e-waste every year, with the number set to skyrocket over the next decade. ZDNet Australia takes an extended look into what happens to your devices when you're done with them. Take a peek inside the e-waste recycling process and find out what happens to your tech when it goes off to the wreckers."
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What Happens to Australia's E-Waste

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  • by Adolf Hitroll ( 562418 ) on Monday September 20, 2010 @02:33AM (#33632948) Homepage Journal

    Check it yourself []...

    It's still fucking incredible that today's people don't consider the amount of soiled water and burnt energies to create the newest piece of shit they'll stare at condescendingly in just a few months.

    Guess what? You're fucking iPads are not revolutionary, it's a niche.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 20, 2010 @02:42AM (#33632978)

    It's special in that computers depreciate to 0 dollars in 2 years.

    So we are often faced with the choice of upgrade or wait.

    Hence it is nice to know what the consequences of upgrades are.

  • by acidradio ( 659704 ) on Monday September 20, 2010 @02:45AM (#33632992)

    I'm sure there are some legitimate e-waste recyclers in the developed world but they are far and few between. Most of this stuff is pawned off on places like Nigeria, India and China where those people are forced to contend with toxic metals, burning plastic, strong acids and harmful processes performed in unregulated back-alley operations.

    If we don't recycle it responsibly it just gets disposed of in some toxic manner in another country. I think it's about time we attach a disposal fee or tax on all these things at the time of purchase. The product cycle on most electronics is rather short. It WILL be disposed of sometime and that interval gets to be less and less. "Out of sight, out of mind" doesn't get rid of the pollution, it just sends it to some other country. That other country is still on this earth though.

  • by Joce640k ( 829181 ) on Monday September 20, 2010 @03:41AM (#33633120) Homepage

    What's to stop people just dumping it on the street at night? Who's going to drive it all the way to a special place and pay for the privilege?

    Here we have a truck which comes round on Thursday mornings to collect your old stuff.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 20, 2010 @05:54AM (#33633586)
    You have mod-points and want to "remedy his ignorance", but you're not prepared to have your comment associated with your account. Nice. His point, which you neatly ignored, troll, is that the prefix "e", which seems to be attached to anything even remotely related to computers, is completely inappropriate when referring to this waste.

    Should all the scrapped iMacs, iPods, iPhones, Macbook Pros etc. be referred to as iWaste? No. It's as retarded as saying "e-bullying" or "e-stalking". Differentiating between computer waste and regular waste is as easy as, well, that. See, I did it without resorting to the misuse of an already ridiculous neologism.

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