22 Apr '11, 6pm

Earth Day's E-Waste Collection Boon May Not Benefit Environment

Earth Day's E-Waste Collection Boon May Not Benefit Environment

The news story is pretty much the same, whether it's printed in a community newspaper in Maine, posted on a charitable organization's website in Mississippi or advertized online in Oregon. "In celebration of Earth Day," it begins, "(ORGANIZATION NAME) is hosting its annual free electronic waste drop-off." "Green Team organizer (NAME OF ACTIVITY DIRECTOR) encourages the public to visit the parking lot at (LOCAL BUSINESS, SCHOOL, CHURCH) to drop off their used and unwanted computers, monitors, TVs, printers, and other electronics for recycling." Sometimes the article mentions the toxic components found in e-waste, while others include enthusiastic quotes about saving the planet and helping the community. Seldom do they mention the e-Stewards Standard for Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment . The news items usually finish by telling how many pounds or tons...

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