Where lame computers go to die.

If you're like me you probably have an "out of sight, out of mind" attitude towards garbage. Usually, when I throw something out, I don't give too much thought to where it is going to end up. The problem with such an attitude is that the garbage ultimately has to go somewhere; it is unlikely that we are going to start blasting our trash into space any time soon. So, the question is, when we toss out really toxic things like old computers or televisions, where, in fact, are they ending up? The edge of town? The edge of the county? The next state over? West Africa? A small shanty in China?

National Geographic has an amazing article in their current issue about the fate of such e-waste.

"People have always been proficient at making trash. Future archaeologists will note that at the tail end of the 20th century, a new, noxious kind of clutter exploded across the landscape: the digital detritus that has come to be called e-waste."

Photograph by Peter Essick

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Labot200110 years ago
Actually, this is where lame computers go:
Lame? yes i see a lot of towers but it looks like vista on the screen thats on.... Were do you get them all I Live in Saskatchewan and I cant get a hold of them that easy.
actually its XP, it looks like vista 'cause i used CharredPC's i'ble on how to make your XP look like Vista. as for how i get all the PCs... lets say that i have friends who know that i like computers :]
Yeah Me too I got those kinda friends but they cant call me a nerd because they go on msn more than I'm on my computer !
What I've never understood about Vista, is why would someone want to have two clocks on the screen at once?
LinuxH4x0r10 years ago
I'd be happy to take all your old computers. Don't throw them away!
lasersage10 years ago
Everyone is arguing about the exact toxicity of the dump, can we not just agree there is more nastyness in a dump than in a field of flowers. I don't care who is right or wrong, whether solder contains lead or not, what matters is what are you gonna do about it?
westfw10 years ago
" really toxic things like old computers or televisions,"

What makes you think that old computers and televisions are "really toxic" compared to other stuff typically found in dumps, landfills, and junkyards?
westfw westfw10 years ago
Ah. I see. They burn it; I can see how that turns things toxic. And presumably the people doing it find this better than the life they had before. Sad.
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