Recycling E-waste the right way

The Times profiles “e-Scrap”, an E-waste recycling company that vows to have a “zero landfill policy”. It’s clearly a problem in need of solving:

Finding ways to dispose of America’s increasingly large stream of e-waste is difficult: an estimated 133,000 computers are discarded by homes and businesses every day. In a 2006 report, the International Association of Electronics Recyclers estimated that about 400 million pieces of e-waste are scrapped each year. And while some prominent manufacturers, like Dell and Hewlett-Packard, have agreed to recycle their own equipment, such programs have so far made only a modest difference.

For the Digitally Deceased, a Profitable Graveyard [NYTimes]

PreviouslyVideo: 60 Minutes tackles exported E-waste

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3 Responses to Recycling E-waste the right way

  1. KurtMac says:

    All the attention in the news and blogodome to the e-waste problem, particularly the situation in China, got me thinking that the business of e-recycling (the proper, safe, socially responsible recycling without exporting) could be a big new industry in the coming decade. If I was any bit of an entrepreneur I would look into the possibilities for it because, it seems, widespread problems get solved when the solutions are profitable. These e-Scrap guys obviously thought of it too and have implemented a system, though, as the article mentions, their efforts are only a small drop in a big pond at this point.

  2. Fred Rated says:

    This place is absolute solid gold in Portland, OR, but there are other Freegeeks in North America.

    http://freegeek.org/family.php

  3. Harry says:

    Mo’ recyclin over at the Popular Mechanics:

    “Is Recycling Worth It? Popular Mechanics Investigates its Economic and Environmental Impact”

    http://www.popularmechanics.com/home_journal/how_your_house_works/4291566.html

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