In other news yesterday, CBS 60 Minutes Pelley Award for reporting on the electronics industry, "2008 "The Wasteland", was discredited by the 5th major exhaustive study of "e-waste" exports (this one done by MIT) which shows CBS report that 80% of all "e-waste" exports are not recycled but dumped overseas. From the report, "Quantitative Characterization of Domestic and Transboundary Flows of Used Electronics 12/2013":
""The results show that approximately 258.2 million units of used electronic were generated and 171.4 million units were collected in the US in 2010. Export flows were estimated to be 14.4 million units, which is 8.5% of the collected estimate on average. On a weight basis, 1.6 million tons of used electronics were generated in the US in 2010 and 0.9 million tons were collected. Of the amount collected, 26.5 thousand tons were exported, which is 3.1% of the weight collected."
It is not that CBS 60 Minutes gets the story wrong that bothers me so much as the organization's stonewalling of these studies, after 41 export traders were arrested just in the past year, and after the source organization in Seattle who told them "80% of all e-waste is exported" not only abandoned the "statistic" but claimed never to have said it. http://tinyurl.com/lr7z5n3 What relates this to TFA is that both the ability by the manufacturing country to "brick" PCs they have made and sold, and the original hype about export for reuse, is PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE. If the PCs were bricked, would the economy really collapse? Or would there be a bunch of PCs ready to sell which had a different bios chip? Want to know about OEMs bricking the secondary market, and where "waste" comes from? Read Vance Packard's 1960 book "The Waste Makers", available both in print and on Kindle.