60 Minutes' Issues Disturbing Report on E-Waste RecyclingReport focuses on a seemingly eco-conscious company shipping a container that ends up in a Chernobyl of electronic waste where the health of Chinese workers suffers greatly.
A recent "60 Minutes" report called "Electronic Wasteland" demonstrated how important it is to vet any third-party company used for recycling electronics.
Scott Pelley's report describes a scenario in which Americans wait in line to properly dispose of environmentally harmful CRT-based monitors and cell phones, only to have them unknowingly shipped to an electronic waste dump in Guiyu, China.
Executive Recycling of Inglewood, Colo. recently won a contract with Denver to operate a large-scale e-waste recycling event for residents. 60 Minutes was on hand to interview Executive's CEO Brandon Richter, whose company pledges that its customers know their e-waste is recycled here in the U.S., not simply dumped on somebody else.
60 Minutes did confirm that Executive Recycling has state-of-the-art recycling facilities in Inglewood. It also noticed, however, a container that appeared filled with hazardous e-waste. It tracked the container as it was shipped to Tacoma, Wash. where it boarded a ship bound for Hong Kong.
It is illegal under U.S. law to ship e-waste materials without special permission, according to the 60 Minutes report. According to the report, the container, which started in Denver, was just one of thousands of containers making its way from the U.S. to China.
60 Minutes followed the trail to Guiyu, which Pelley calls a sort of Chernobyl of electronic waste. It filmed vast piles of discarded electronics and reported that workers use their bare hands to dismantle, for example, CRTs. CrunchGear published some disturbing photos of Guiyu earlier this year.The report adds the following disturbing claims:
Drinking water now needs to be shipped in
- The town has the highest levels of cancer causing dioxins in the world
- Pregnancies in the town are six times more likely to end in miscarriage
- Seven out of 10 kids in the town have too much lead in their blood
Click here to continue.