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What Electronics are Banned from Colorado Landfills?

By   October 2, 2015

no dumpingWhat Electronics are Banned from Colorado Landfills?

  • Computers
  • Computer monitors
  • DVD players
  • Electronic books
  • Fax machines
  • Laptops
  • Notebooks, Netbooks, Ultrabooks
  • Peripherals
  • Printers
  • Slates and tablets
  • Televisions
  • VCRs
  • Video display devices
  • Any electronic device with a cathode ray tube or flat panel screen greater than 4”

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Recycling The Right Way!

By   September 19, 2015

Original credit given to PBS Staff Member Kristin Jones April 23, 2012

What to do with your old electronics? Making sure they don’t wind up causing harm requires asking the right questions

It is an extreme case. But Sara Heinz’s problem may sound familiar to anyone who has ever bought a newer, faster, slicker gadget.

She has too many old computers. In her Colorado Springs living room, a jumbled stack of laptops with brightly colored shells sits next to her big gray dog, Luke. Closer to the window, beige monitors are piled higher than eye level, blocking the sun. There are more in the garage.

Heinz wouldn’t dream of throwing them away. “I am very concerned about what we’re doing to Mother Nature,” she said.

If anyone could offer a solution, it would be a recycler like Steve Fuelberth, the President and CEO of Luminous Electronics Recycling in Commerce City. He’d be happy to take the monitors off her hands, for a small fee.

But when reporters visited one day, there was a snag. The expensive and state-of-the-art machine he uses to slice up monitors was on the fritz. In fact, his problem was strikingly similar to Heinz’s: The monitors were piling up.

For residents like Heinz, the good news is that there are more options than ever for Coloradans hoping to recycle their electronics responsibly. The owner of a mouldering pile of Pentium III laptops, first generation iPods and other artifacts can now unload them in good conscience to a growing number of local and national businesses that are equipped to dismantle and process e-waste.

There’s a catch, though. As Fuelberth and other recyclers know well, extracting value from old electronics can be an expensive and messy operation. Even some responsible, domestic operations struggle to handle risks to workers and the environment associated with lead, cadmium, and other toxic ingredients in electronic devices.

“The cost of equipment, labor, keeping track of what’s getting sent out,” said Fuelberth. “It all costs money.”

For a concerned citizen like Heinz, peace of mind also takes asking the right questions.

Accounting for a global industry

Enter Anne Peters. Considered by some to be the state’s foremost expert on e-waste, Peters leads the Colorado Association for Recycling, heads the Boulder-based consulting firm Gracestone, Inc., and makes her living advising businesses and governments on how to handle hard-to-recycle waste.

It’s no cakewalk. Put cans and paper out on the curb and they’re soon turned into new cans and paper. But electronics recycling is not quite so simple.

When the state convened a taskforce last year to discuss legislative solutions to the e-waste problem, Peters devised some graphics to show how recycling really works in Colorado: Circuit boards flit around to refineries in Canada and California, CRT monitors go to India by way of Mexico, or Malaysia by way of Ohio, mercury lamps from LCD screens truck to a processor in Arizona, and plastics ship to China.

And that’s just one company.

Other companies might resell most of their electronics via brokers – risking wholesale export to developing countries. Other recyclers sell pieces on Craigslist or eBay, and scrap the rest. Some people even refine gold-plated parts in backyard operations.

Peters encourages her clients to demand information from recyclers about where recycled components end up, and what gets refurbished and resold. Recyclers should be able to account for the practices of all their downstream partners, she said.

“It’s just not something most citizens think about,” said Peters. But “without people who use this service being aware of what good recycling is, it’s just too tempting” for businesses to cut corners, she said.

There are few recyclers Peters recommends without any reservation. One is Metech, a Denver area recycler that has promised to be an e-Steward – a program devised by the Seattle-based group Basel Action Network to eradicate the practice of exporting toxic e-waste to developing countries. Metech is awaiting an audit to be fully certified in the program.

In a sprawling warehouse in Commerce City, Metech workers dismantle electronics, throwing components into boxes destined for places all over the world. Circuit boards go to smelters in Japan and Europe, plastics to manufacturers in Vietnam and China, working equipment to a broker in Centennial, to be resold piece by piece online.

Some of Metech’s clients, including the city of Denver, have additional demands: Whole machines should not be exported, for instance, and domestic processing operations should be used, wherever possible. Denver receives a quarterly report accounting for each machine that is refurbished and sold.

It costs Metech money to track electronics and their components to worldwide destinations, and to ensure that their vendors are operating responsibly and in an environmentally sound way. That’s a cost the company has to pass on to its clients, says John Miller, the company’s vice president.

“Free is a mathematical equation to participate in global dumping,” says Miller, a vocal proponent of greater accountability in his industry.

The expenses can seem endless. Fuelberth, the Luminous executive, spent about half a million dollars on the Angel. A slick, double-winged machine that cuts CRT monitors into more easily processed chunks, the Angel was intended to help him keep some of his costs in-house.

Now that he has it, though, more expenses loom. It’s a messy and unpredictable machine. Technicians have to spend time fixing it when it breaks, as it sometimes does.

And the process of cutting and smashing leaded glass can increase the risk that workers will be exposed to toxic heavy metals. That demands an added level of employee protection and training – which is not always easy, and comes with a price tag.

Where Colorado stands

Across the country, 23 states now have e-waste laws that ban disposal in landfills, or put the burden on manufacturers to take back their own electronics for recycling.

In Colorado, the legislature established the Electronic Device Recycling Task Force, which met last year to discuss ways to promote recycling and divert e-waste from landfills. The task force recommended a manufacturer responsibility law, but no bill has yet been introduced.

Such a law would “put responsibility back to the producer,” says Peters, who was part of the task force, “with the idea that the producer will then design the product to be more recyclable.”

Already, several manufacturers have take-back programs in place.

Dell, for instance, uses a worldwide network of recycling partners, which meet high standards for workplace and environmental practices, said Michelle Mosmeyer, a Dell spokesperson, in an emailed response to questions.

Watchdogs will have to take her word for it, though. She added, “As a matter of policy, Dell doesn’t share the names of our recycling partners.”

For residents like Heinz, new tools can help with choosing responsible local recyclers.

Nationwide, two new voluntary certification efforts are ramping up to audit recyclers for their commitment to worker safety and environmental protection. They are e-Stewards, run by the Basel Action Network, and another program known as Responsible Recycling – or R2 for short – which is run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. No Colorado recycler has yet been certified by either, but several said they hoped to be audited soon.

At Metech, Miller says he expects his operation – and the industry – to continue to change in the coming years.

“The industry is young, but it’s evolving,” he says. “We’re legitimizing this industry.”

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Where Do Colorado’s Old Electronics Go?

By   September 19, 2015

As the holiday season approaches, a host of tempting new electronic gadgets awaits.

But what actually happens to Colorado’s old electronics? The answer may surprise you. It surprised government regulators. Our investigation uncovered illegal exporting, backyard recycling and more.

Nidal Allis scanned the horizon.

Under a brilliant blue sky, hundreds of cars flowed through a suburban Denver parking lot last April. An army of cheerful volunteers unloaded a steady stream of dusty laptops, monitors and keyboards for a recycling event in honor of Earth Day.

The young, barrel-chested president of TechnoRescue had contracted to take the material, promising that the old equipment would go to a better place.

“We’re not the typical recycler where you will take the electronics and scrap them, or ship them overseas,” said Allis, warning of faraway digital dumping grounds.

The recycling event looked like the perfect picture of environmental responsibility.

And maybe it was. But fast-forward from TechnoRescue’s Earth Day event to this July, when an I-News camera found workers at the company’s Commerce City facility loading CRT monitors – short for cathode ray tube – into a shipping container. I-News tracked it to Hong Kong, where the government has banned the import of toxic e-waste, but the underground trade persists.

Allis said the Earth Day e-waste was sent to a local processor, though he did not provide documentation of that. What was sent to Hong Kong came from other sources, he said, and was arranged by a business partner. Allis said he thought they had gone through government channels to make the shipment. They hadn’t.
Hong Kong officials sent the shipment back, labeling it “waste,” and U.S. officials want more information.

A six-month I-News Network investigation has found that what really happens to Colorado’s rising mountain of electronic waste is not what you thought:

    • Some recyclers simply export containers full of electronics, in apparent violation of U.S. and foreign law, and with potentially devastating environmental and health consequences.
    • In back yards and garages in Colorado, some hobbyists use the same dangerous e-waste mining methods that have caused environmental problems in developing countries. Their small operations were previously unknown to regulators.
    • Government auctions feed into the dangerous global trade in e-waste, as well as into local landfills and unregulated backyard recycling operations in Colorado.
    • State laws and regulations are confusing at best and sometimes seem to do the opposite of what was intended.
    • There are so many unknowns in the resale and recycling of Colorado’s used electronics that much of the state’s e-waste simply disappears, with no documented trace of where it ends up, or what the hazards might be. Most of it still winds up in local dumps, some experts believe.

Exporting e-waste

The images from overseas are stark – and by now, familiar to many: Burning piles of plastic, children blackened by poisonous dirt. High levels of lead, cadmium, dioxins and other poisons have taken a documented toll on the health of workers, and their neighbors and children.

In places like Nigeria, Ghana, India and China, these dumps are known repositories for the West’s unwanted electronics.

CRT monitors, like the ones I-News caught on film being shipped from the TechnoRescue warehouse, hold large amounts of lead and other heavy metals. Exporting them can break both U.S. and foreign laws. Some foreign governments, including Hong Kong’s, have banned all e-waste from the U.S.

But the underground market persists because workers in some developing countries are willing to risk their health to glean tiny bits of gold and copper from monitors and other electronics.

Allis, who joined this year with the owner of another firm called Next Generation Inc. to form a company called R2 Stewardship, said that the CRTs shipped from his warehouse weren’t waste. They were functioning, he said, and were shipped abroad to be reused.

But Jim Puckett, of the Seattle-based environmental organization Basel Action Network, said the shipment appeared to be part of the global trade in toxic trash. His organization is recognized internationally as an authority on this trade.

Tipped off by Puckett, environmental regulators in Hong Kong rejected the shipment, noting that it contained “waste CRTs.”

“These countries don’t want this stuff,” Puckett said. “It’s smuggling, and unfortunately it’s all too common.”

Allis and his business partner said the shipment was completely above-board, adding that they were surprised that Hong Kong officials had rejected it.

What happens to your old PC?

U.S. law requires recyclers to give notice to the EPA before exporting used CRT monitors, even for reuse, because of their hazardous contents.

Two years ago, many Coloradans saw a 60 Minutes program that followed this kind of e-waste from a different local company to Hong Kong. That company, Executive Recycling, has denied any wrongdoing. An investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is still ongoing, enforcement agents said.

The EPA is now also reviewing the July shipment of CRT monitors that I-News witnessed from the warehouse shared by Allis and his business partner.

Allis initially said that he and his business partner, Henry Renteria-Vigil, had followed EPA procedures for the shipment.

“I used to not ship anything overseas at all,” Allis said, “because I didn’t trust anybody. But after I learned I can get it cleared with the EPA, I’m shipping out those CRT monitors because there’s no better solution right now than to get them reused.”

But Allis later distanced himself from the shipment. He said that it came from Renteria-Vigil’s now-defunct company, Next Generation, which shared the same building, materials and workers as the other companies owned by the two men.

It is OK, under U.s. law, to ship usable CRTs overseas, if the shipper notifies the EPA.

Renteria-Vigil said he did not notify the EPA, and that he was unaware of any obligation to do so.

Anne Peters, president of the Colorado Association for Recycling, said she was saddened but not surprised by the export of e-waste. She and others in the state have worked to educate recyclers and the public on responsible practices. But education isn’t enough, she said.

“Without strong federal laws and state laws, the temptation to make money this way is just too great,” said Peters, who also heads the Boulder-based environmental consulting group Gracestone, Inc. “A lot of people in this business regard electronics as just another commodity they’re going to sell for the best price possible.”

So how does a Coloradan’s old computer end up overseas – or for that matter, in the local dump?

Good intentions often pave the way, it seems. In Colorado, murky and sometimes unenforced state and federal e-waste laws mean that efforts to recycle or resell computers can lead to unintended consequences, including dumping in third-world wastelands or landfills closer to home.

Coloradans recycling more

Televisions, printers, cell phones and other devices contain useful, recyclable commodities like copper, aluminum and gold, as well as hazardous materials. But instead of being recycled, the bulk of Colorado’s e-waste still lands in the dump, according to Peters: As much as 39,000 tons or more, she estimates.

That is changing, though, as residents are increasingly turning to resellers and recyclers to handle their high-tech junk. In 2007, Coloradans recycled around 6,800 tons of electronic waste, according to state environmental agency records. By the next year, it was closer to 8,100 tons.

That means Coloradans recycle an amount of e-waste each year that is equal in weight to the entire U.S. gold reserves.

“We have a lot of healthy, thriving businesses that are very responsible and ethically managed,” says Peters. But she added, “it’s still really the Wild West in some ways. You could get a truck and a warehouse, and have a business going in about three weeks.”

Murky laws

Colorado citizens are not alone in their struggle to find ways to safely recycle e-waste. Corporations and governments are struggling, too.

TechnoRescue, for example, lists an impressive group of corporate and government clients: Northrop Grumman, Time Warner Cable, United Airlines, the Naropa Institute, the University of Colorado and the University of Denver, among many others.

Corporations pay companies like TechnoRescue and its affiliates, in part, to make sure the disposal of their discarded electronics doesn’t run afoul of Colorado’s e-waste laws.

At their best, Colorado’s e-waste laws are confusing. State regulators seem to have a hard time even explaining what e-waste is, for instance.

“E-waste is a little weird because some of it isn’t really waste. Some of it can be refurbished and resold,” says Joe Schieffelin, who heads Solid and Hazardous Waste Management in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). “It becomes a waste … in the process that somebody decides it’s no good anymore.”

According to state guidelines, most e-waste is considered a form of hazardous waste because of the toxic substances that many devices contain. Those poisons can leach into water – or, when electronics are improperly dismantled or crushed, can seep directly into the skin – causing environmental harm as well as long-term consequences to the human nervous system.

But pitching your old PC into a dumpster is perfectly legal in most cases. That’s because the law says only business and government electronics can be classified as hazardous waste. The same electronics are not hazardous waste if they come from households.

Based on the amount of e-waste that ends up in landfills, Peters believes that some businesses or agencies may be breaking the law. No business or agency has ever been fined or otherwise punished by state regulators for illegally dumping its electronic waste, according to the CDPHE.

Schieffelin said that his agency doesn’t have the resources to make sure that everyone is in compliance, but may take action after receiving complaints.

The state agency keeps a list of registered recyclers. But when it comes to shipping waste overseas, said Schieffelin, the state has no authority.

In Colorado, efforts to recycle or resell computers can lead to unintended consequences, including export to third-world wastelands or landfills closer to home. Murky and sometimes unenforced state and federal e-waste laws add to the problem.

 

Uncertain destinations

In many cases, the electronics collected by Colorado recyclers quickly leave the state, or the country. Their destination is often unknown, even to the recyclers.

Renteria-Vigil, who oversaw the Hong Kong shipment from the facilities his company shared with TechnoRescue, worked with a Dallas-based broker, Shiny Queen Recycling. He said he didn’t know precisely what would happen to the electronics overseas.

He emphasized that the CRT monitors were shrink-wrapped on pallets before being loaded – showing that they were packaged for resale and reuse, not as trash. But I-News video captured his employees loading monitors one by one, not packaged.

Renteria-Vigil said that should not have happened, and suggested perhaps workers were filling gaps in the container with individual monitors.

The end customer was in Vietnam, said Christine Wu, account executive at Shiny Queen. “I think [the end customer] said he wanted to try to reuse them,” she said, adding that her company failed to notify the EPA about the shipment, too.

“I honestly don’t think I did anything wrong,” said Renteria-Vigil. “I know there’s absolutely things I could improve. I’m not denying that. And things I could keep better track of, and ask better questions. I don’t deny that.”

Renteria-Vigil and his business partner Allis said their new company, R2 Stewardship, will not send any more electronics overseas.

“I think the perception,” Renteria-Vigil said, “of shipping overseas – people have a bad taste in their mouth.”

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Final Destination: Unknown

By   September 19, 2015

Credit given to Rocky Mountain PBS INEWS Network Staff member Kristin Jones April 13, 2012

 

 

State auctions launder government’s unwanted e-waste
Unwanted electronics end up overseas, in landfills, and in risky home recycling operations

In Colorado, government auctions are feeding the global trade in e-waste, an I-News Network investigation has found.

State agencies are selling junk computers and other electronics at surplus auctions, where the discarded items are then considered products instead of hazardous waste.

While some working or repairable electronics went to homes and businesses that needed them, I-News found that others ended up in landfills, risky backyard recycling operations, and illegal trade to developing countries.

This kind of e-waste laundering leaves some experts questioning state law and policies. Count among them Mary Jo Lockbaum, environmental health and safety manager for area e-waste handler, Metech Recycling.

“If we were talking about hazardous chemicals or paint,” Lockbaum says of the discarding practices, “you wouldn’t even ask the question.”

Anne Peters, who heads the Boulder-based environmental consulting firm Gracestone, Inc., warned the city of Denver eight years ago that auctioning e-waste was a potential liability. Their surplus property could wind up polluting their own city, she said.

“The point for a jurisdiction is, they don’t know what happens to it,” says Peters. “They don’t have any way of knowing.”

This finding so bothered officials in Denver that the city stopped auctioning its spent electronics.

But in Colorado and across the nation, such auctions continue to be used by local, state and federal agencies to get rid of their e-waste.

 

E-waste or valuable items?

Discarded electronics sell like cattle at the Colorado Correctional Industries’ monthly auction of state agency surplus, which raises revenue for the state. Most of the electronics sold there are garbage, according to veteran buyers. They don’t work and they can’t be repaired.

If they hadn’t been sent to auction, many of the electronics would be labelled hazardous waste. That would have been a real headache for the state agency that formerly owned them.

But state law allows agencies to simply pack up their discarded equipment and sell it. Suddenly, the broken computers, monitors, and printers aren’t hazardous waste. They’re second-hand goods with value.

Pity the person who buys them, though. What many citizens don’t know: Those same electronics are like Cinderella at the ball. As soon as any individual hobbyist or backyard recycler begins taking them apart to salvage recyclable parts for money – poof! – they become hazardous waste again.

A citizen who buys monitors can break federal law by exporting them. And in some cases, the penalty for taking apart or processing electronics at home to profit from the parts can be as much as $25,000 a day.

But the sources of the discarded electronics – the government agencies – avoid any responsibility.

The state regulator that oversees e-waste doesn’t see a problem with auctions. Brokers who buy e-waste will try to reuse and resell as much of it as possible, which makes money and is good for the environment, says Joe Schieffelin, head of Solid and Hazardous Waste Management in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

“We’re letting market forces glean as much value out of the material as they can, and the rest becomes waste,” he says.

In fact, that’s how the state regulator gets rid of its own e-waste. In an ironic twist, the state agency that would issue any e-waste fines is itself the source of some broken computers being sold at auction.

State selling its “trash”

CDPHE has hauled broken electronics – some labelled as “trash” – along with working equipment to Colorado Correctional Industries. By state statute, the Department of Corrections takes all agency surplus electronics. It recycles hard drives and some, but not all, non-working monitors. The rest goes to auction.

Critics say that’s just passing the buck.

At some of the world’s worst digital dumping grounds, government computers from all over the U.S. are prevalent, says Jim Puckett, who tracks toxic trade for the Seattle-based environmental watchdog Basel Action Network. He blames government auctions for that.

“It’s an abysmal practice,” Puckett says of the public auctions. “And it’s the norm.”

At a Correctional Industries auction in April, an auctioneer in a cowboy hat hawked electronics by the pallet.
For the right price, almost everything went. Two brothers from Mali, in West Africa, bought loads of untested electronics to send to their home country. Another man drives up from Juarez, Mexico, each month to buy TVs and other electronics to sell or scrap there.

Old cathode ray tube (CRT) computer monitors were some of the last to be sold.

“It’s a liability,” muttered Moin Madraswala, passing up the CRTs as he looked for equipment for his company, SUM Computers Inc.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency restricts the export of these monitors, which contain large amounts of lead and other hazardous materials; and locally, few people want them anymore.

Asanga Abeywickrema, a Denver businessman, finally picked up a pallet of CRT monitors for $1. He would test them, he said, and send the working machines to Sri Lanka.

The rest? He pulled out a business card of some people who take broken monitors for free: TechnoRescue. I-News later tracked a container of similar CRT monitors from the warehouse TechnoRescue shares with its affiliates. It wound up in Hong Kong, which rejected the container, saying it contained e-waste. The EPA is now reviewing the shipment.

Final destination unknown

Madraswala has been bidding on Correctional Industries’ electronics for more than a decade. His company refurbishes and resells what it can on eBay.

But since there’s no way to know what works and what doesn’t, he ends up scrapping about two-thirds of what he buys. Other brokers will take his boxes of wires, steel casings, and circuit boards, along with CRT monitors he can’t sell.

Don’t ask Madraswala where it goes. “I don’t know where they take it,” he says.

Some of the auctioned junk winds up in area landfills. Mike Krause, a hobbyist who buys and fixes up Colorado Springs municipal computers from an online surplus auction, gives away most of them to charities. But there are always some machines he can’t get manage to fix, and he threw away about 12 non-working computers before finding that Goodwill would take them.

Or the e-waste may end up in risky, unregulated recycling operations in people’s homes and backyards in Colorado. After reading online that he could extract small pieces of gold from computer processors, Jerry Coleman bought second-hand electronics from the Colorado Springs online auction. That experience, involving a potent acid dip, left him not only with a batch of unusable computer parts, but also with hazardous byproducts.

“I never got that to work,” says Coleman. It was messy and not very lucrative. “And then you got to get rid of the waste acid.”

Whether it’s waste acid, mercury from an LCD screen, or lead from a ditched monitor in backyards and landfills, Peters warns that regulators and municipalities may get stuck dealing with the environmental hazards created by their own spent computers.

This uncertainty has been enough to convince some municipalities, including Colorado Springs School District and Boulder County, to stop auctioning their used equipment altogether, and pay vetted recyclers to take it instead.

“We didn’t want to run the risk that a government computer would be found in a dumpster three blocks from the auction site,” says Charlotte Pitt, who runs the city of Denver’s recycling program.

As Pitt put it: “If it wasn’t usable for us, who was buying it and what were they doing with it?”
Officially, state environmental regulators say it doesn’t happen in Colorado. But we found “backyard” computer recycling being done under the radar of regulators.

.S. Environmental Protection Agency restricts the export of these monitors, which contain large amounts of lead and other hazardous materials; and locally, few people want them anymore.

Asanga Abeywickrema, a Denver businessman, finally picked up a pallet of CRT monitors for $1. He would test them, he said, and send the working machines to Sri Lanka.

The rest? He pulled out a business card of some people who take broken monitors for free: TechnoRescue. I-News later tracked a container of similar CRT monitors from the warehouse TechnoRescue shares with its affiliates. It wound up in Hong Kong, which rejected the container, saying it contained e-waste. The EPA is now reviewing the shipment.

 

2015 ISRI Operations Forum

By   September 19, 2015

2015 ISRI Operations Forum

September 30 – October 3 | JW Marriott Houston | Houston, TX

The ISRI Operations Forum delivers education and training to employees involved in the day‐to‐day operations of scrap processing facilities. This year’s Forum in Houston focuses on our core programs: Shredder Operations and Yard Management and Design.

 

 

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ISRI launches video on e-scrap industry impact

By   September 19, 2015

ISRI launches video on e-scrap industry impact

e-scrap_art_container_0United States: A new video aimed at providing the public with more information on the value and impact of the electronics recycling industry was introduced by the US Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) at the E-Scrap Conference held in Orlando at the start of the month.

As part of a series focusing on recyclable commodities, the electronics recycling video details the overall impact of the industry and brings to life the commodity’s environmental and economic impact, citing numerous statistics and industry facts.

‘The recycling commodity video series as a whole draws attention to and helps educate the public on the many environmental, economic and energy-saving benefits recycling offers,’ comments ISRI president Robin Wiener.

The new video is a visual presentation of the electronics fact sheet, ISRI’s jobs and economic impact study, and other ISRI resources that are designed to educate people on the role played by the electronics recycling industry in their daily lives and beyond.

Previous ISRI releases include videos on the overall impact of the recycling industry, paper recycling, ferrous metals recycling, plastics recycling, and tyres and rubber recycling.

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World’s E-Waste to Grow 33% by 2017

By   September 19, 2015

ecycle2Excerpt  from Original Story by LiveScience

All credit given to LiveScience at http://www.livescience.com/41967-world-e-waste-to-grow-33-percent-2017.html