A bold mandate from the European Union aims to make new electronics less toxic for everyone
By Billy BakerPosted 02.01.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
The life-cycle interval between innovation and obsolescence is notori-ously short for many electronics, as parodied by a recent Saturday Night Live skit that portrayed Steve Jobs introducing new versions of the iPod every few seconds. But the ever-growing mountain of discarded cellphones, computers, TVs, MP3 players and other equipment is no joke. The U.S. alone produces more than two million tons of e-waste a year, and 90 percent of it ends up in landfills, where it can potentially leach toxins into groundwater or emit carcinogens when burned.