Last February, The Boston Globe ran the story, followed by an editorial, describing this operation as an environmentally bad practice. These are the very same contract manufacturing factories where computer monitors were originally made... lending a Twilight Zone meaning for the "electronics take back coalition" (See To Serve Man)
This week, New York Times photographer Pieter Hugo published photographs of a primitive African wire burning operation. Photos like the one at left have burned into our minds an image of developing nations so poor and backward that they cannot possibly manage used equipment. No one here is denying that primitive recycling markets also exist. In fact I first recommended that BAN focus on Africa and told them about the Lagos market. We want to raise the standards on "toxics along for the ride".
But if BAN and NRDC are going to applaud the closure of the superb export factories in Indonesia, they should visit the people there who will lose their jobs, and the recycling operation set up for bad and unrepairable units. In the coming days I will post film interviews of the techs.
Does the NYTimes show a significant number of computers at the scrap yard? What is the percentage of bad to good? Were any of these in use for years before they were burned? Where is the data? Where is the science?
Soundtrack for closing the Big Secret Factories in Indonesia? No brainer: Clubbed To Death by Australian composer Rob Dougan.