Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Pollution goes green!

New York Times:

If products are recycled rather than dumped, parts of the machines are refurbished for new use where possible; if not, they are disassembled, their glass and precious metals are recycled, and the plastics, which have no reuse market, are often shipped overseas to developing countries for disposal.

...[O]nce there, they are often incinerated, because they cannot be reused, and spew toxic chemicals into the air.

Exporting waste to the developing world gives wealthy consumers "peace of mind." This why the New York Times calls it "A Green Way to Dump Low-Tech Electronics": it is "green" for the people who matter.

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