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July 4, 2006
Q&A: Elizabeth Grossman; Author of High Tech Trash sees profit for companies recycling electronic waste
By J. Kho

European Union directive restricting the use of some hazardous substances just went into effect, requiring electronics manufacturers to build more environmentally friendly computers, cell phones, and flat-screen televisions…

…But what about the other side of the equation? What happens to these electronics when consumers move on to newer models? More and more often, thanks to directives such as the EU’s WEEE (Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment), those dusty electronics are being recycled. Recycling is also mandatory in Japan, and while the United States has no federal law about e-waste recycling, a handful of states do.
Elizabeth Grossman, author of High Tech Trash, spoke with about the impact of electronics on the environment, and the impact of these environmental regulations on the market.

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