I read the article about the new computer recycling facility at the Federal prison, and checked out the UNICOR web site as well. While admittedly short on statistical data, I assume since the project is not yet operational, the premise seems reasonable.
I agree we need guidelines for sustainable recycling practices (and decorative clocks will probably not be high on that list), but labor costs are one of the biggest drawbacks to disassembly and sorting of electronics, right? And prison labor … (pausing to collect thoughts) may be the best solution to that particular economic problem. UNICOR provides a lot of support to the Federal government and as far as I know their products and services are competitively priced and of reasonable quality. The government is obligated to use the services of disabled persons as well as prison labor, which helps keep costs down (and etc.).
Which aspect of the project did you find alarming? Is there more information available than that one rather short article?
Other comments or opinions out there?
Here is an article about a new maximum
security Federal Prison opening in California that some see as the "final
solution" to computer recycling. I find it rather alarming!
Another reason why we must develop guidelines for sustainable recycling