EPA chief Lisa Jackson says tech companies tend to be young, hip and green. Now they need to think about recycling on the front end.
By Shelley DuBois, reporter
Garbage is money, says Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. She claims that's especially true for tech products that are built with some of the more valuable elements.
"What happens to our our smartphones and our other products is they usually end up in other countries," says Jackson. Junk hardware is exported or dumped in foreign landfills. "The really precious, hard-to-find pieces of the periodic table -- people will go to lengths to get it." People get gold, lithium and other metals out of these products by burning them, which is unsafe and inefficient -- not mention an environmental threat. More
The U.S Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest not-for-profit commercial federation, representing some 3 million businesses. But it no longer represents Apple Inc. (AAPL).
On Monday, Apple resigned from the Chamber "effective immediately" over the organization's opposition to the Obama administration's environmental policies.
"We strongly object to the Chamber's recent comments opposing the EPA's effort to limit greenhouse gases," wrote Apple government affairs vice-president Catherine Novelli to Tom Donohue, CEO of MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 5, 2009 5:22 PM ET
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