California. Texas. New Jersey. Pennsylvania… According to a recent article by Bloomberg Business Week, these are only a few U.S sources of illegally dumped electronic waste in Mexico. Over 60 tons of toxic-laden waste resides in one Mexican neighborhood alone, making Mexico China’s biggest competitor for world’s biggest E-waste location.
Why is this happening?
If you’ve been following Magnum Recycling on Facebook you’ve already heard about this, but if you haven’t here’s a quick run-down:
– For many years there was money to be made in recycling TV glass and other components inside E-products like PC’s and ipads, mobile phones, etc…
– But when technology changed and materials once used to build older products was no longer used to make NEW electronics, recycling the older E-waste suddenly had less monetary value. So if there’s no money in picking up old product, where was the product going to go and who was going to pay to get it there?
– Enter individual townships using taxpayer money. As we reported in August 2016, individual towns started stepping up and paying to collect and properly address electronic manufacturer E-waste. Certain recycling groups and individuals have struggled for several years to legally shift the financial burden back onto the original manufacturers, but bureaucratic red tape and industry lobbyist have made that all but impossible.
– The result? Towns continue to use taxpayer money to recycle what manufacturers won’t touch. And manufacturers like Dell, Panasonic, Vizio, Samsung, and HP continue to lobby AGAINST responsible recycling from within the states and internationally, even as their contaminates clearly end up in Mexico, China, India and other places.
What’s New Jersey Doing About This?
– Electronics recycling companies in NJ continue to go to battle with manufacturers AND Gov. Chris Christie, to bring about the needed change in recycling laws. But as the Bloomberg’s article states, “New Jersey Democratic State Senator Bob Smith…attempted to…set up a state-managed program to recycle whatever manufacturers didn’t collect and bill the tech companies [back].” But for some reason the law just can’t get passed. Christie has previously vetoed past legal efforts.
Maybe it’s time for the environmentally-conscious public to make their voices heard by buying new electronics from only the most eco-friendly manufacturers? Something to consider…
To read Bloomberg’s article in full, check out their eye-opening article: We Found Your Last Smartphone, Next to Your Old VCR.
For more information on how to properly, safely, and legally recycle your older electronics devices contact Magnum. We’ll be happy to make sure it’s done securely and right.