|Multi weilds his smartphone camera|
These have gotten almost no response in the recycling community, neither by Watchdogs nor industry. But the shadowy Mr. MultiEscrap continues to post busily, the videos taken with his smart phone, somewhere in a scrap yard in Asia.
The most recent video, posted 3 days ago, looks pretty bad to me. It is full of hard drives, many punched, but not ALL punched. The punched ones are no good for reuse, the no-punch ones don't show they are for scrap. It would NOT be good to have sent THIS sea container.
When my company pays as much as it does to certify as much activity as we do, it does not benefit us to defend someone who just loads it all in to a sea container for China. Yet we must intellectually resist the temptation to say that because it goes to China, therefore it is bad.
These remain a fascinating view of the electronics scrap or "e-waste" market. I'd prefer interviews, like the ones we posted on viddler.com of WR3A technicians, describing what they can and cannot used or do with which and what used electronics. And we need to see what happens with the stuff unloaded from the MultiEscrap containers. But the fact he is posting videos, container by container, listed by container number on dates, means that these are traceable somewhere, back to someone.
I see none of ours. We do have containers going to Hong Kong - filled with bales of ABS plastic, aluminum heat sinks, and other items without focus materials attached. It would be good for us to have film of every container shipped, seal being cut, and the container unloaded.
In a constructive conversation with a Watchdog last week, I mentioned the seals were not cut on the Indonesian refused containers. Suddenly the latest video photos from MultiEscrap show container seals being cut. So I'd assume the mystery videographer is in touch with a Watchdog.
This is probably going to be a big show at EScrap 2011. There will probably be a public outing of scrap containers, specifically identifying the source. I see a lot of people being quiet right now.
What actually happens to this scrap unloaded there? It doesn't seem to matter, whether this, or this. Wire burner or internet cafe, refurbishing factory or hammer-on-yoke. What happens to the little pieces when the same material, unloaded here, is run through a metal shredder? I just wish our industry would focus on what to toe-tag, and not throw all secondary markets out with the e-waste water.