A vist to the Li Tong Group

The International Industrial Centre houses the Hong Kong office of the Li Tong Group, Apple’s official recycler for the region. We paid Li Tong a vist to find out about their involvement with Apple. Unfortunately the staff were reluctant to talk to us and seemed in a rush to close the door on us We have … Continue reading

The Environmental Cost of E-Waste : Killing Our Planet Slowly

The United Nations Environment Programme points out rightly in its report on e-waste (UNEP:2009) that  China does not have the proper technology and skills to take part in proper e-waste recycling. Instead, it is “dominated by the informal sector. Low technologies are applied by low skilled workers, resulting in high health and environmental risk, including … Continue reading

The Human Cost of E-Waste: Is that new phone really worth the damage?

Elizabeth Grossman starts her book High Tech Trash: The First Global Investigation of Technology’s Toxic Underside by quoting Lyndon B.Johnson : “If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than with sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as God really made … Continue reading

REGULATIVE MEASURES TO CONTROL THE GLOBAL TRADE OF E-WASTE: International Treaties and Problem Handling in China and Hong Kong

By Lennart Aldick 1. Why is e-waste shipped to China and what is Hong Kong’s role? According to the Basel Convention, “a tightening of environmental regulations in industrialized countries [in the late 1980ies] led to a dramatic rise in the cost of hazardous waste disposal. Searching for cheaper ways to get rid of the wastes, … Continue reading

What Apple and its official recycler say, or not say

1. Apple’s view:  According to Apple, the recycling of iPhone 3 and iPhone 4 only takes up 1% of greenhouse gas emissions during an iPhone’s lifetime. To give customers incentives, a 10% discount is given if an iPhone is brought to the store for recycling. Customers can also have their iPhone recycled by a contractor … Continue reading

A few bad Apples or rotten to the core?

These problems of e-waste and toxic chemicals are not limited to Apple. Many potentially hazardous materials have important uses and are only dangerous if handled improperly. Apple is does not have the cleanest record, although nor is it the worst offender. Apple is placed 9 out of 18 according to Greenpeace. Apple has made significant … Continue reading

Green Apple?

By 2010 70% of the first generation iPhones sold where no longer in use, instead they had become “e-waste”. In total E-waste now makes up around 5% of all waste, roughly the same volume as plastic bags, however electronics contain some of the most difficult and dangerous materials to dispose of. Apple products are the … Continue reading