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The dark side of electronic waste recycling

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Electronic waste is a hazardous and difficult form of garbage to manage. Though a lot of e-waste can be recycled responsibly, many e-waste processors choose instead to ship it overseas for junkyards in poorer nations to deal with. Remarkably, exporting e-waste is perfectly legal in the US...but thanks to a scrappy nonprofit watchdog, some unscrupulous exporters are still going to jail..
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And I would have gotten away with it too If it wasn't for you meddling non-profits!

by SirenHound 5 months ago

I use my phone and electronics until they are completely unusable. It's harder to reprogram and update a phone's software than it is to buy a new one but honestly I prefer it. I get attached to my devices and I refuse to give it up without a very good reason. There is a culture of fast consumption of goods that needs to be addressed on all levels; from fashion to electronics. Get attached to your things, buy only if you have to and treat it with respect.

by TwitchyWitch95 5 months ago

And then there's Apple and others, intentionally blocking third party repair of electronics, so they can sell new stuff to the customer instead, increasing e-waste by A LOT.

by no112358 5 months ago

"It would have cost about $2.5 million for them to do this properly. So perhaps instead of each of them making $8 million, they would have made $6.5 million each."

A story of unbridled greed, sadly repeated so often.

by Ev Delen 5 months ago

Keep on making items that have planned obsolescence and increase waste

by DelorianYT 5 months ago

โ€œBut the US never ratified itโ€ oh wow what else is new? ๐Ÿ™„

by David Rico 5 months ago

Imagine an AI capable of recognizing some devices, screws, chips... and taking the screws, unsoldering the chips, and classifying everything automatically

by Rubรฉn Jimรฉnez 5 months ago

these videos are always so well produced. please keep making more.

by JaydenJinx 5 months ago

Not just Asia, but Africa also gets a ton of the western ewaste

by Gladys Mba 5 months ago

landfills will be the mining spots of the future generations :(. when earth resources dry up, recycling will not be an option, it will be the only way.

by Rodrigo Oshiro 5 months ago

Shipping this stuff off is just moving the problem. If there was much more development and focus on recycling, it might even become very profitable industry.
This needs to apply at every level of industry so this idea is part of the design and manufacturing.

by kasa 5 months ago

Me: Where to Find Rare Earth Elements?

Computer: Did you mean the Elements inside Me

by Tzwac dastag 5 months ago

If anyone is looking to recycle their Samsung Note 10 I'll take it!

by Alex Newton 5 months ago

2018: Your old phone is a veritable gold mine
2019: The dark side of electronic waste recycling

by Stewie Griffin 5 months ago

Sounds like the wrong people were arrested. The politicians & CEOs are laughing at you.

by Vhan Wolfe 5 months ago

Been a scrapper for a little over a year, I must have saved 15 desktop PC's, laptops and tvs from landfills. Most of the PC's work and usually have tonnes of music on them.

by HaphazardP 5 months ago

It absolutely breaks my heart to see electronics, the finest mastery of technology we have so far produced, mistreated and discarded so easily, like a piece of rotten food.
I dont recycle mine lightly.

by Dave Crupel 5 months ago

Love how they just traveled to Asia to prove it was their lmao

by CGM 5 months ago

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