22 Aug '11, 1pm

Urban Mining: The New Frontier

Urban Mining: The New Frontier

In six short years, I’ve watched as the products coming into our electronics recycling business have grown to include not just computers and televisions, but now a wide range of products we never envisioned, but now can’t imagine living without – Kindles and iPads, iPhones and mp3 players, and countless other devices. By next year, every one of these innovative products will likely be obsolete – people will be buying new versions of their tablets, laptops, smart phones and flat-screen televisions. The question becomes: where will the old stuff end up and what will happen to it? The answer regarding what to do with the fastest growing solid waste stream in the world today, e-waste, is not a simple one, but there is a viable solution – “Urban Mining.” When most people learn about the toxic elements contained in cell phones, computers and televisions, they want to do the righ...

Full article: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2011/08/22/urban-minin...

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