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Date: Mon, 26 Jul 1999 13:00:32 -0400 (EDT) From: FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPA.GOV (Fred Friedman) Subject: Re: More Electronic Recycling (Erin Innis)
July 26, 1999
Dear Erin Innis,
Electronic industry, take 2:
How stable is its infrastructure?
There are going to be many more generations of waste electronics, nad markets at present tend to be growing, but principally because resource recovery is so small. My belief is that there will be increasing markets being created, but that there is no stability in who will be conducting the recovery. I can easily see half of what is now recycled going overseas to be recycled, reused, etc.
Would specialized deconstruction or a more generalized process be more likely to succeed?
Depends on the market(s) being produced for. Probably a bit of both is the correct answer.
A good overview can only be had through the purchase of consulting services which have been purcahsed by larger player for far, far more than a $50 book, but whose advice is now a $50 book. You basically get what you pay for. There are no crystal balls yet proved effective in this industry.
Is exotic metal the main recyclable in electronic goods?
No. The plastics are valuable too.
My feelings about this industry is that it is still very, very young and up-and-coming and that the big players will eventually be the firms which made the stuff in the first place.
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