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Wired News PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 December 2006
Trouble With Tech Trash

Randy Dotinga

There's gold in them their laptops. Not to mention copper, glass and plastic.

You can use hammers or even your hands to salvage these potentially valuable commodities. Just ask the low-paid Chinese workers who expose themselves to all sorts of noxious chemicals as they break open computers in search of tiny bits of treasure. Sometimes they detect types of valuable plastic by smelling it as it burns. Or they strip out gold by dumping microchips into toxic acid, all without any protection.

As an eye-opening new book reveals, the environmental and health hazards posed by high-tech products are hardly limited to what happens when they're dumped in the garbage, like an estimated 89 percent of discarded consumer electronics in the United States.

The Oregonian PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 September 2006
Making a World of High-Tech Garbage 

September 03, 2006

In "Silent Spring," Rachel Carson informed the world of the devastation caused by DDT. In "High Tech Trash: Digital Devices, Hidden Toxins, and Human Health," Portland author Elizabeth Grossman introduces us to a new threat to global health -- the toxins associated with the manufacture and disposal of high-tech devices. Grossman has uncovered a world most of us would rather not consider; the environmental downside to our increasingly high-tech way of life.  

The News & Observer PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 August 2006


An education of a different sort is provided by Elizabeth Grossman's new book "High Tech Trash: Digital Devices, Hidden Toxics, and Human Health" (Island Press, $25.95). We talk endlessly about the benefits of high tech but rarely examine the physical cost. What happens to all that lead found in TV and computer monitors? What happens to all the toxic waste created in the production of the microchips that make our cell phones, PCs and iPods operate?


Scrap Magazine PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 August 2006
July/August 2006

“In High Tech Trash, Elizabeth Grossman has created a well-rounded picture of the current state of electronics manufacturing, collection, politics, and recycling.  Electronic scrap recycling is a varied and sinuous global business that’s difficult to understand and explain. The author rises to the challenge, providing a well-researched and highly opinionated survey of the captivating world of electronic scrap.
Hippy Shopper PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 August 2006
July 14, 2006

This is increasingly vital information in the arsenal of any Hippyshopper... so you can guess, before the jump, that I recommend you scoot out and pick up a copy of this book.
Science a GoGo PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 August 2006
June 9, 2006

High Tech Trash is a timely and chilling wake-up call that something needs to be done about our outrageous levels of e-waste, and quickly.
Speakeasy PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 August 2006
Summer 2006

Environmental journalist Elizabeth Grossman’s avidly detailed and groundbreaking investigation into the production and trashing of high–tech electronics makes for a reading experience of the morbidly interesting kind.
The Washington Post PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 August 2006
July 2, 2006

With its citizens using about a quarter of the world's computers, the United States should be a leader in figuring out how to minimize the harm they can do to ecosystems.
Library Journal PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 August 2006
April 11, 2006

[Grossman’s] language is quiet, clear, and compelling as she argues that we follow the European model of regulating materials used in electronic products and e-waste recycling. Strongly recommended for all collections…
Discover Magazine PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 August 2006
September, 2006

Grossman reveals [in her] damning book about the afterlife of techno-trash, much of what we cast away is improperly disposed of--regardless of our efforts—and ends up leaching toxins into the air, water, and soil.
Booklist PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 August 2006
April 15, 2006

Environmental journalist Grossman takes readers on an eye-opening, even shocking, tour of the cyber underground, clearly and methodically explicating the science, politics, and crimes involved in the mishandling of the ever-increasing tonnage of ewaste.
Chicago Tribune PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 June 2006
June 4, 2006

We depend on writers like... Elizabeth Grossman--writers working in the great tradition of bold and rigorous American thinkers, observers, critics and muckrakers from Henry David Thoreau to Upton Sinclair, Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson and Bill McKibben--to shake us awake, dispel the fever dream of consumerism and reveal the true cost of our love for technology and our obsession with machines and disposable goods,