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Miners is committed to environmental sustainability
through a comprehensive program of
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goal is to exceed U.S. EPA standards for solid
waste recycling, and we proudly adhere to a no-landfill
policy for for
any item in our accepted
We are also against illegal exporting of eWaste
and strive to work with companies who share in
Miners complies with all applicable federal, state,
and local environmental laws and regulations,
including the Resource Conservation and Recovery
much eWaste ends up in the landfill?
below, addressed to American consumers, is borrowed
from Toxipedia's friends at the Basel Action Network.
is an ugly underbelly of economic globalization
that few wish to talk about. Under the guise of
simply utilizing the "competitive advantage"
of cheap labor markets in poorer areas of the
world, a disproportionate burden of toxic waste,
dangerous products, and polluting technologies
are currently being exported from rich industrialized
countries to poorer developing countries. In effect,
rather than being helped to leap-frog over dirty
development cycles directly toward clean production
methods, developing countries are instead being
asked to perpetuate some of the world's most toxic
industries and products and are even asked to
become the global dumping ground for much of the
world's toxic wastes.
and most other states allow the export of hazardous
waste. If you've tossed out batteries, cameras,
lightbulbs, or anything electric that contains
toxic chemicals, likely it's now somewhere in
the developing world.
problems begin when the parts of those electronics
begin to decompose. The Silicon Valley Toxics
Coalition reports that just one computer can contain
hundreds of chemicals, including lead, mercury,
cadmium, brominated flame retardants, and polyvinyl
chloride (PVC). Many of these chemicals are known
to cause cancer, respiratory illness, and reproductive
problems. They are especially dangerous because
of their ability to travel long distances through
air and water and to accumulate in our bodies
and the environment."
The Facts About
Recycling vs Disposal of E-Waste in the United
States (source: the Environmental
Protection Agency, Statistics on the Management
of Used and End-of-Life Electronics, 2007)
Of the 2.25 million tons of TVs, cell phones
and computer products ready for end-of-life
(EOL) management, 18% (414,000 tons) was collected
for recycling and 82% (1.84 million tons) was
disposed of, primarily in landfills.
From 1999 through 2005, recycling rate was relatively
constant at about 15%. During these years, the
amount of electronics recycled increased but
the percentage did not because the amount of
electronics sent for end of life management
increased each year as well.
2006-2007, the recycling rate increased to 18%,
possibly because several states have started
mandatory collection and recycling programs
of Worldwide Generation of E-waste (source: United
Nations Environment Program, 2006)
20 to 50 million metric tonnes of e-waste are
generated worldwide every year, comprising more
than 5% of all municipal solid waste. When the
millions of computers purchased around the world
every year (183 million in 2004) become obsolete
they leave behind lead, cadmium, mercury and other
hazardous wastes. In the US alone, some 14 to
20 million PCs are thrown out every year. In the
EU the volume of e-waste is expected to increase
by 3 to 5 per cent a year. Developing countries
are expected to triple their output of e-waste
Summary of the Export of E-Waste from Developed
to Developing Nations (source: Greenpeace:
Where Does E-Waste End Up?)
is routinely exported by developed countries to
developing ones, often in violation of the international
law. Inspections of 18 European seaports in 2005
found as much as 47 percent of waste destined
for export, including e-waste, was illegal. In
the UK alone, at least 23,000 metric tonnes of
undeclared or 'grey' market electronic waste was
illegally shipped in 2003 to the Far East, India,
Africa and China. In the US, it is estimated that
50-80 percent of the waste collected for recycling
is being exported in this way. This practice is
legal because the US has not ratified the Basel
Mainland China tried to prevent this trade by
banning the import of e-waste in 2000. However,
we have discovered that the laws are not working;
e-waste is still arriving in Guiya of Guangdong
Province, the main centre of e-waste scrapping
have also found a growing e-waste trade problem
in India. 25,000 workers are employed at scrap
yards in Delhi alone, where 10-20000 tonnes of
e-waste is handled each year, 25 percent of this
being computers. Other e-waste scrap yards have
been found in Meerut, Ferozabad, Chennai, Bangalore
Summary of Computer Processing Methods in Developing
Nations (source: United
Nations Environment Programme: The Great E-Waste
many countries entire communities, including children,
earn their livelihoods by scavenging metals, glass
and plastic from old computers. To extract the
small quantity of gold, capacitors are melted
down over a charcoal fire. The plastic on the
electrical cords is burnt in barrels to expose
the copper wires. All in all each computer yields
about US $6 worth of material (Basel Action Network).
Not very much when you consider that burning the
plastic sends dioxin and other toxic gases into
the air. And the large volume of worthless parts
are dumped nearby, allowing the remaining heavy
metals to contaminate the area."
Health and Environmental Effects of E-Waste
Processing in Developing Nations (source: Basel
Action Network, et al: Exporting Harm report)
E-waste recycling and disposal operations found
in China, India, and Pakistan are extremely polluting
and likely to be very damaging to human health.
Examples include open burning of plastic waste,
exposure to toxic solders, river dumping of acids,
and widespread general dumping."
a table summarizing potential occupational and
environmental health effects of operations in
Guiyu, China, see page
28 of the report. Details are discussed in
the report text.
Addressing Global E-Waste Trade
For additional resources, please see the Basel
Action Network's Library.
there is a solution.
Miners provides free residential and contracted
business eWaste recycling and guarantees a No
Landfill Policy for any item in our accepted
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