15 May '12, 4pm

Teens Run E-Waste Recycling Business

Jason Lin, a 15-year-old high school sophomore, learned about the e-waste crisis in his world geography class. Most teenagers might commit to recycling their electronics after realizing the effect they have on the planet, but Lin went ahead and started an e-waste recycling business to keep as many old gadgets out of landfills as possible. Lin and his friends run the website iReTron.com where people can sell their old phones, laptops, game systems and many other gadgets and accessories. Lin and his crew refurbish them and then resell them online on eBay or other sites, extending the life of the electronics. If a gadget can't be repaired, it's dropped off at a certified recycling center and if it doesn't sell, it's donated to a charity. The EPA estimates that the U.S. produced 2.4 million tons of e-waste in 2010, with cell phones making up a huge chunk of that number. The EP...

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