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E-Waste Recycling

shutterstock_11574640Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, is Europe’s busiest port. It’s become the scene of a very 21st-century crime:  smuggling electronic waste illegally out of Europe and into poor countries. When Europe mandated e-waste recycling, only two or three million tons of waste was turned in, not the expected seven million tons. The missing e-waste was probably exported illegally.

It’s unfortunate, because it’s particularly important to properly recycle e-waste. E-waste contains dangerous chemicals like lead, beryllium, mercury, and cadmium. Improperly disposed of, these materials can seep into groundwater, contaminate the soil, and pollute the air. Read the rest of this article »