- Following the Trail of E-Waste (CBS News)
"E-waste workers in Guiyu, China, where Pelley's team videotaped, put up with the dangerous conditions for the $8 a day the job pays. They use caustic chemicals and burn the plastic parts to get at the valuable components, often releasing toxins that they not only inhale, but release into the air, the ground and the water. Potable water must now be trucked into Guiyu and scientists have discovered that the city has the highest levels of cancer-causing dioxins in the world. Pregnancies in Guiyu are six times more likely to result in miscarriages, and seven out of 10 children there have too much lead in their blood."
"Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council, outlines the e-waste pollutants and their effects. "Lead, cadmium, mercury, chromium, and polyvinyl chloride, all of these materials have known toxicological effects that range from brain damage, kidney disease, to mutations, cancers," he tells Pelley. And there's no shortage of refuse that contains these hazardous materials. 'We throw out about 130,000 computers every day in the United States...we throw out over 100 million cell phones every year,' says Hershkowitz."
"A great deal of this American e-waste winds up in places like Guiyu." 11-08
- Recycling Locations (MyGreenElectronics.com)
"Through responsible use, reuse and recycling of electronics, the consumer electronics industry and consumers can protect and preserve the environment—together." 04-08