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RE: [GreenYes] Atwater Prison electronic recycling - Modesto Bee Article

I would have to agree.  Labor costs are very high here.

We take for granted our cheap clothing and electronics from China and Latin America, etc. What we need to do is buy more American made products in general.  Then it wont matter where product are recycled.

At 09:37 AM 1/3/02 -0500, Steen, Terri - Contractor wrote:

Hi Ted,

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?  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?

Other comments or opinions out there?




-----Original Message-----
From: Ted Smith []
Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2002 1:44 PM
Subject: [GreenYes] Atwater Prison electronic recycling - Modesto Bee Article


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 practices.

Ted Smith

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