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I think a good place to start would be for computer and electronics manufacturers to take responsibility and oversee the recycling process. Perhaps that would best be accomplished by convincing computer manufacturers to build their own overseas recycling centers that utilize proper worker safety and pollution control procedures. Recycling can be a beneficial business if done safely.

The virtual absence of environmental and employment laws overseas means that no one can force these companies to do this. It will have to be a decision on their part. And it will require them to sacrifice some of the financial benefits of unregulated recycling.

Perhaps a heavy dose of shame would encourage such responsibility. I also believe that we need to dismiss the "sunshine and roses" propaganda about recycling and look at what is really going on.

- Mike

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