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Submission + - Inside the Fake PC Recycling Market ( 1

snydeq writes: "OSNews' Howard Fosdick reports on the 'fake recycling market' — one in which companies exploit cheap shipping, inexpensive labor, and a lack of safety and environmental law to export computers and other e-waste to China and Africa where it is 'recycled' with a complete lack of environmental and safety rules. 'This trade has become a thriving business. Companies called "fake recyclers" approach well-meaning organizations — charities, churches, and community organizations — and offer to hold a Recycling Day. The charity provides publicity, legitimacy, and a parking lot for the event. On the designated day, well-meaning residents drop off their old electronics for recycling. The fake recycler picks it up in their trucks, hauls it away for shipping, and makes money by exporting it to Chinese or African "recycling" centers. Nobody's the wiser,' Fosdick writes. Of course, the international community has, in fact, devised a set of rules to control e-waste disposal under the Basel Conventions, but the U.S. — 'the international "bad boy" of computer recycling — is one of four countries that have not ratified and do not adhere to these international agreements."
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Inside the Fake PC Recycling Market

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  • So, exactly what is 'fake' about this arrangement. We may not like how or where the components are recycled, but it IS still recycling. Similarly, do you know where your cans, cardboard, and newsprint are sent for processing? Much of these materials are sent overseas also. I agree, exposure to many of the toxins as electronic components are stripped and recovered is a bad thing, and it's not as 'green' as people may think.

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