"60 Minutes" Sounds Alarm on CE Recycling
In a report aired last week, CBS News' venerable news magazine show "60 Minutes" let customers on what happens to electronics products after they're recycled. According to the piece, anchored by Scott Pelley, many end up in a polluted, gang-run area of China.
The show reported that e-waste, which often includes lead and other toxic materials, often comes directly from major e-recycling drives that take place in U.S. cities. That's because of illegal smuggling, which often takes place in violation of both U.S. and Chinese law.
This leads to dangerous, sweatshop-like conditions in areas of China.