28 May '11, 12pm

What Really Happens to Your E-Waste - Earth911.com

What Really Happens to Your E-Waste - Earth911.com

Intercon workers on the decontsruction line in a recycling facility outside of Chicago. Photo: Courtesy of Intercon Find your local recycling solution for electronics In an enormous warehouse just outside Chicago, pallets of computer monitors, hard drives and keyboards wait for disassembly. Bales of wires stand ready for pickup. Buckets of printed circuit boards glint with copper and gold. Intercon Solutions is one of the nation’s largest e-waste recyclers, pulling in $7.5 million in revenue last year through its 250,000-square-foot processing facility. It’s not a glamorous business, but it is a growing one. The U.S. generates about 3 million tons of electronic waste annually, yet recycles just 15 percent. More states are expected to pass or strengthen e-waste laws – presently only 23 have one on the books – and the electronics industry recently stepped up its efforts, too...

Full article: http://earth911.com/news/2011/05/27/electronics-recycling...

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