Volume 86 Issue 39 | pp. 30-32
Issue Date: September 29, 2008

Passing The Recycling Buck

Federal investigators find recyclers willing to ship hazardous electronic waste to world's poor
Department: Government & Policy | Collection: Climate Change, Green Chemistry
News Channels: Environmental SCENE

WHEN AMERICANS haul their junk computers, TVs, and other electronic gear to local collection centers, they get that pleasant rush that comes with recycling and doing a small part to ensure waste containing hazardous materials is properly treated. However, that feel-good feeling may be mostly wishful thinking.

A government report and several recycling experts say it is likely that much of that hazardous electronic waste is going to wind up in developing countries where the . . .

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