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 Post subject: Dumping tech. in 3rd world under pretense of recycling
PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 11:51 am 
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This is an article from a UK paper, the Mail on Sunday, reporting on the dumping of unwanted tech. products in Ghana.

One word of warning to non-UK readers: the Mail on Sunday is quite a rabid, lowest common denominator right wing tabloid. The article frequently uses highly emotive language - especially in the opening and closing paragraphs. It also frequently belies its author's supposed technological knowledge, but on the whole does a decent job of exposing a large scale problem which is likely to become worse.

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Quite interesting.
I saw a documentary on TV about that... It's a disgrace that countries allow this to happen.
Here in France, all stores that sell electronic parts, for computers, dishwashers, or cell phones, HAVE TO take your old parts back. What do they do with them ? They're supposed to recycle the but they end up in the garbagge most of the time.
There should be more control over all that. Everybody talks about green computing and low power PCs but recycling is part of the deal IMO. It's already good that some manufacturers use recycled cardboard to package the equipement but they should also initiate recycling pograms (maybe like the one HP has for their used ink cartridges... even though I'm not quite sure what happens to those either...).


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Here in France, all stores that sell electronic parts, for computers, dishwashers, or cell phones, HAVE TO take your old parts back.

I believe there's a similar arrangement here in the UK (is it an EU ruling perhaps?) but there's no incentive for the consumer to take products back, so most people just throw their unwanted stuff in the rubbish.

Disposing of obsolete PCs is a major headache for businesses though and there are hefty fines if they are caught not following the rules, so it's pretty clear why these "middlemen" have sprung up, offering to take old kit off companies' hands for much less than it would cost to dispose of it responsibly in the UK.

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Everybody talks about green computing and low power PCs but recycling is part of the deal IMO.

Agreed. I think there is a tendency to concentrate on the benefits of saving a few watts of energy without looking at the bigger picture. I certainly think it is quite naive (or even wilfully ignorant) of us to invest so much thought and discussion into the 20-30W energy saving of switching from CRT to LCD when multi-kiloWatt luxuries such as running hot water, on demand hot food, central heating, personal transport, air conditioning etc. are considered everyday necessities by a large portion of the population. The fact that our "energy saving" purchases cause this massive surplus of unwanted goods to be disposed of in the worst way possible only compounds the problem.

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