"I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I've written a long one instead." Attributed to Pascal,Twain, and Voltaire...
Most people would not consider clean metal recycling or laptop repair to be "waste" activities (Neither EPA nor Basel Convention do). But the hysteria over "geeks of color" who buy and refurbish computers for use in emerging market internet cafes went a little too far. I hope that the analysis of sustainable environmental policies brings fresh air to recycling dogmas. Here are links to help readers evaluate "ewaste" facts and propaganda.
- Vice-Motherboard: Why We Should Export "E-Waste"
- I'm Proud to be an ("ewaste") Exporter
- UN Pixelizes World: Rich City, Poor City
- Environmental Malpractice, Part 1: Due Disclosures
- Recycling 101: The Truth about "E-Waste"
- Basel Action Network: Power and Responsibility
- Q and A: Ban on "E-waste" Exports?
- We Shouldn't Have to Make that Choice
- Short Factual Post on Hazardous Waste and "E-Waste"
- " E-waste Madness " Propaganda
- Top Ten Myths About "E-Waste" Recycling"
- E-Waste History: Capacitor Heroes
- April Fools Press Release
- Monkeys Running the Environmental Zoo
- CRTS Regulated?... An E-Waste Compliance Primer
- California SB20 Exposed! Legalize Exports, Dudes
- Safety in Perspective
- Big Secret Factories (2008)
- Are E-Waste Advocates Racist?
- AARP or AAPR (Racism Survey)
- 60 Minutes: Wasteland's Wasted E-Waste Leads
- Key Difference: Basel Convention Flow Diagram
- Basel Convention on Export for Repair (Annex IX, B1110)
- e-Waste Travel in Scrap Metal
- Slums and Recycling and Environmental Justice
- R2 Recycling Certification Vs. E-Stewards
- Parable of the Country Doctor: Certifying Specialization
- Secret "Ewaste" Recycling Formula
- Hey, USA! Stop Breaking CRT Monitors
- From Vegetarian to Recycler
- Exporting Power Supplies
- Ethical: Samaritan "waste" to Slums
- Transition from Color to Black and White TV 1960s
- Cognitive Risk: E-Waste Cell Phone Cancer
- Product Stewardship in Parallel Markets: Childrens Crusade V. Terminator
- Motherboard: Why To Export "e-Waste" Electronics?
There could also be a list of "worst posts" - running on and on, poorly edited, or in the vein of Shakespeare, they continue ("rubbing the poor itch of your opinion, make yourselves scabs")
Basel Action Network, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, Greenpeace, Natural Resources Defense Council, Electronic Takeback Coalition, and others deserve credit for my writing. They originally drew me to befriend them, as they opposed the same fraud and junk and "toxics along for the ride" as I did when it was sold to my buddies overseas. Then they took on my buddies, calling them names, and my posts more recently have been about questioning the bias against export. Racism does not look good in green. I assume they like dialogue for the sake of mutual edification, the same as I do, and we'll all reunite as friends one day. But when they say something fraudulent, like "80% of e-waste is exported for primitive processing", or that refurbishing "creates incredible toxic harm", we have to call a hoax a hoax, a scam a scam.
Fair Trade Recycling: Manual disassembly is not difficult, recycling can be properly done in any country. The crime is to fail to pay the foreign recycler the fair price, and to ensure that the material did indeed get properly recycled, as agreed.
Using the Google search box (top right), you can directly search for other original posts. Uncle Shelby says you could also copy an entire post and turn it in as a "term paper"! Just kidding. Plagarism will be dealt with as comic justice, given my wishy-washy stance on the gray market. We hope we outlive Minebox.com
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