One Billion Pounds of Electronic Waste: a Recycling Milestone for Best Buy by @sustainablog
Electronic waste collection isn’t for sissies. The waste itself usually contains toxic compounds and requires special handling. That special handling cost money, so if you’re going to collect these materials, you’d better have a good idea of who’ll buy them from you (hopefully, at a profit). And, finally, you need to insure that said buyer won’t be dumping said material in a developing country : despite lots of attention on this issue, that still happens with about 25% of e-waste that comes from the developing world . So, you can be forgiven for greeting the news that Best Buy has met a goal of recycling 1 billion pounds of electronic waste with some skepticism. Yeah, but they’re dumping it in Africa, right? Or they’re raising prices to cover the losses created by this “sustainable” program? Or, they’re not really training their workers how to handle the materials, putting...