Sunday November 13, 2016

Where Your Old Computer Could End Up After You Hand It In For Recycling

Apparently, a lot of electronics are ending up in Hong Kong "in possibly illicit fashion." Environmental watchdogs estimate that as many as 43 shipping containers of e-waste could be illegally leaving American shores every day.

Up to 20% of all U.S. electronic waste may be ending up in Hong Kong. Not in some scrapyard in the developing world, picked over by haggard children and wheezing laborers, but in the backyard of one of the world’s most sophisticated financial capitals. That, at least, is the claim of a new investigation, which says the movement of these items is violating international treaties restricting cross-border transfer of hazardous electronic materials.