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The pollution problem from discarded CRT monitors

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Toxic glass from old televisions and computer monitors could pollute landfills if new uses for them are not found soon, scientists warn. Cathode ray tubes, or CRTs, are made of heavy leaded glass, which is categorized as hazardous waste in Europe and most of America.


Fortunately, demand for old CRTs is high in developing nations such as China and India, where they are recycled to create the raw material for building new TVs. But as demand for flat screen TVs increases, the demand for

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Lawsuit claims prison recycling 'poisoned' participants

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In 1994, Federal Prison Industries, trade-named UNICOR, started a computer and electronics recycling program in Marianna. Inmates break down and retrieve salvageable computer parts. According to UNICOR's Web site, the products are sold to public and private industries to "save precious resources."


Twenty-six plaintiffs are currently in a federal lawsuit against the prison, claiming ...

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Secret U.S. data found on cast-off hard drive

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Journalism students say they paid $40 in Ghana for a second-hand hard drive that contained information about multi-million-dollar defense contracts between the Pentagon, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and one of the largest military contractors in the United States.


One of the students said the hard drive was purchased in an open-air market in the coastal town of Tema from a local dealer who bought second-hand hard drives by the cargo load.


The drive contained

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Recycler dumps toxic electronics around the world

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After tracking hazardous waste shipments and dumping around the world, a national environmental group has sounded the alarm about a million pounds of old electronics innocently donated in Pennsylvania.


Basel Action Network contends that the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society and Allegheny County, Pa., should have known that a free electronics recycling program was too good to be true. The environmental group

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Following The Trail Of Toxic E-Waste (video)

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Recycling Video60 Minutes is going to take you to one of the most toxic places on Earth - a place government officials and gangsters don't want you to see. It's a town in China where you can't breathe the air or drink the water, a town where the blood of the children is laced with lead.

 

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Are Your Secrets On eBay?

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Too many employees fail to erase or encrypt sensitive data on their mobile devices before tossing them out, say researchers from British phone company BT Group, the University of Glamorgan in Wales, and Edith Cowan University in Australia.


To prove its point, the team recently purchased 161 discarded handheld devices from online auction sites and secondhand outlets in Britain and Australia. One in five, found the researchers, contained details about salaries, company finances, b

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E-Waste: The Dirty Secret of Recycling Electronics

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As the e-waste industry proliferates, it has also become enmeshed in questionable practices that undercut its environmentally friendly image. A recent probe by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found 43 U.S. companies that sought to sell e-waste for export to Asia, in apparent violation of the law. In China and elsewhere, electronic gear commonly is stripped for reusable microchips, copper, and silver; dangerous metals are dumped nearby

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Don't recycle 'e-waste' with haste, activists warn

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Consumers saddled with old cellphones, TVs and computers are flocking to electronics recycling events, which have sprung up in more than 1,000 communities over the past four years.


But don't be fooled, activists warn. Items collected at free events are sometimes destined for salvage yards in developing nations, where toxins spill into the water, the air and the lungs of laborers paid a few dollars per day to extract materials.


E-waste disposal rates are poised to accelerate i

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Data Losses May Spur Lawsuits

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From the nations largest financial services institutions to the local YMCA, legal and privacy experts maintain that organizations that inadvertently or secretly expose their customers data will increasingly face legal action.


According to legal experts, most companies are not yet operating under the same type of rigorous data protection statutes that the federal government requires of its branches. That means individuals affected by such data losses at corporate enterprises lack the

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'I just bought your hard drive'

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One year ago, Hank Gerbus had his hard drive replaced at a Best Buy store in Cincinnati. Six months ago, he received one of the most disturbing phone calls of his life.


"Mr. Gerbus," Gerbus recalls a stranger named Ed telling him. "I just bought your hard drive in Chicago."


Gerbus, a 77-year-old retiree, was a

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