E-Waste is hurting our government.
Government implementations of electronic recycling—or, e-waste—programs and incentives would serve an even greater purpose than environmental protection, according to a recent report by the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee. Between 2009 and 2010, more than one million counterfeit electronic components were discovered within United States critical defense systems. The parts were discovered in aircraft, submarines, thermal weapon sights, and advanced missile systems, proving that the threat is not limited to the private sector. Jim Burger, Henry Livingston and Tom Sharpe suggest greater implementation of such programs could also reduce the influx of counterfeit electronic components.
It’s no longer a secret that there are many low-grade electronic waste recycling companies irresponsibly disposing of e-waste. Unwanted electronics are simply shipped out to third world countries, where the electronics are parted out for pieces of value such as gold, silver, and palladium. From there, the remaining electronic components are either kept, or burned, releasing extremely toxins into the air.
So what happens to the parts they do keep?
After a messy, dangerous process of sorting through unwanted components, salvageable parts are then washed—often in rivers. The parts are then sent to larger facilities, who strip the faulty components of any product identification information. They are then re-coated with counterfeit company names and part numbers to look new.
Perhaps General Patrick O’Reilly, Director of Missile Defense Agency put it most adequately: “We do not want a $12 million missile defense interceptor’s reliability compromised by a $2 counterfeit part.” A simple electrical malfunction can have a catastrophic outcome.
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