Monday, December 15, 2008

Recycling your old computers? Think Again

Keywords: Recycling, toxic waste, 60 minutes, CBS, China
If you thought that you were doing the world a favor by recycling your old electronic equipment, even when using "reputable" recycling companies, think again! It turns out that often (maybe change that to "always") this waste makes it's way to China where is is dismantled and recycled in dangerously toxic dumps located in towns and villages where people live. Small children and workers are playing in water and inhaling some of the most toxic substances known to man. As one worker puts it "My throat feels like its burning". Why does he continue to work there "because the money is good." Of course the Chinese government is not happy for the west to see whats going on, and neither are the gangs that run these factories. See for yourself in this great CBS News expose in "60 minutes". This is investigative reporting at it's best. Keywords: Recycling, toxic waste, 60 minutes, CBS, China

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