8. Electronic Waste: What to Do with It?

Steven Leon, PhD

University of Central Florida

A Day at the Office

Abigail Huai, an inspector of hazardous waste for a state agency in the United States, arrived at an electronics recycling company for a routine review of paperwork when she stumbled across a warehouse nearly half the size of a city block, packed with old computer monitors and televisions. For the layperson, this might seem like extraordinary success. People are recycling their old electronic equipment in droves. After all, isn’t this what consumers, businesses, and government want? Let’s save the planet! Look at any Fortune 500 company and many small- and medium-size companies; you will find a great majority of them promoting in some ...

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