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12/31/2013 00:00 AM EST
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Fertile ground for counterfeit components
junko.yoshida   1/3/2014 12:18:09 PM
This article talks about "the worst-case scenario" in which sending used electronic products to developing countries for disassembly could be harmful to the health of the people doing the disassembly.

Another big issue, however, is that this could become a fertile ground for counterfeit components. Non-working chips recovered from eWaste could be easily manipulated and pitched as new chips for mobile phones.

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A Long Way To Go
DrQuine   1/10/2014 11:14:23 PM
Recycling seems to be schizophrenic. On the one hand we have sophisticated recycling companies that take electronic devices, break them down into components, extract valuable materials, and produce a range of raw materials for use in production of new products. On the other hand, in the Connecticut town where I live, styrofoam cannot be recycled. As a "pure" easily reprocessed compound that is produced in large quantities, that seems quite surprising. For chain of custody and environmental reasons, I'd encourage recycling into raw materials to be done domestically where it is subject to environment regulations and oversight. We shouldn't have the gold in our cell phones being extracted with mercury over a wood burning stove by rural families in emerging countries.

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Re: A Long Way To Go
zewde yeraswork   1/13/2014 8:27:42 AM
It is difficult to develop any consistency in the recycling habits of the world's population. But here we get the added incentive to do so because of the dangers involved in eWaste, not to mention, as Junko  pointed out, the dangers of counterfeit chipmaking.

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