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Old 4th November, 2008, 06:07 AM
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Electronics Recyclers Held to New National Guidelines

WASHINGTON, DC, November 1, 2008 (ENS) - Recycling obsolete electronics is getting easier and more convenient as more manufacturers take responsibility for collecting and recycling older, unwanted equipment. Dell Computers and Goodwill, for instance, this week launched Reconnect, a free computer recycling service in the greater New York city and eastern New York state area.

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Doesn't is seem that they "Solve" this problem every couple of years?

Still, every little bit helps...
(I just keep seeing those images of incredible chemical hazards in 3 world countries where Dell and the rest have been shipping our (recycling) Computer Trash. Child labor , labor that sleeps and eats in the recyclers soup...

I wonder what Dell does with PCs from the rest of the world it sells to?

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said Susan Parker Bodine, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. "These voluntary guidelines will help assure Americans that their used electronics will be recycled safely and responsibly."
Yeah like I'm going to do that! Just how am I going to do that? THIS was and IS Governments job to do. Industry WON'T and we cannot. Only our government can do this.
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I have to agree with you there Dan.
We also have dell offering the recycling deal.

In the city where I also live, we also have 1 day per year where we have collection points for 'e-waste' and it is free.

The formation of government, and its duties, for this kind of thing exactly they were created.

This is all of our problem, and we all need to pay for the cleanup. Therefore universal taxes are the best way to collect the money required to get this done. As we already get taxed, and if the governement had a little less bureaucracy - i.e. became slightly more efficient, we probably wouldn't even have to shell out any more than we already do.

We can't - we are too lazy, and most of us don't have the resources individually to do it.
Industry won't - it costs more than shipping to a 3rd world country and dumping it there.
Therefore as the holder of the collectivly pooled money, the government needs to.


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On a side note - when the silicon runs out in our own countries, and recycling becomes alot cheaper - which countries are going to become the next 'oil rich' nations? Only this time it wont be 'oil rich' but 'silicon rich'.
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I don't think there will be a silicon shortage. Silicon is the second most abundant element on earth behind oxygen. Silicon dioxide is the most abundant compound in the earth's crust.

I wonder how things like Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive have an impact in Europe?
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