[lug] Speaking of old monitors

Hugh Brown hugh at vecna.com
Mon May 6 21:53:13 MDT 2002

So what's a conscientious recycler to do?


On Mon, 2002-05-06 at 23:36, Rob Mohr wrote:
> > On Thursday 02 May 2002 17:45, you wrote:
> > > Speaking of toxic waste from monitors, I believe that Eco-Cycle now
> > > takes old computer hardware at their drop-off site.  I don't know what
> > > they do with it.
> About two months ago the New York Times had a bit of an expose on what
> happens to monitors collected at various US "eco-cycle" centers. 
> The junk is packed into shipping containers and ends up in spots in China.
> Poor Chineses bust up the monitors by hand to get the 10 pounds of lead as
> well as other base metals.  This activity is done with zero local
> environmental controls nor concern for the health risks to the
> participants.  
> But as the article reported, "it sure feels good to recycle," this being a
> typical remark at a US recycle center.  (I believe that Boulder Weekly did
> an article on this, too.)  
> eof
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