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By DawidLombard ·
I am from South Africa, we do not have propper sites for the destruction of E-junk (computers,etc.).I had a brainwave about using an old mine shaft for this purpose, with the help of a gold melting plant to melt down these products.The raw product can be thrown down this shaft.What do you think? I read about the millions of computers in Europe that has to be destroyed each year or shipped to poorer countries in Africa. The average South African can only afford a Pent1 computer or schools have to rely on handouts or sponsors.Would it be viable to get the world's computers delivered to such a site and then would it be save to built computers out of the old ones to hand out to those that cannot afford it? I am building at average 5 a week and sell them for R500 about $48.Just to cover expenses.Is this viable or is there another solution?

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by JamesRL In reply to E-Junk

One of the manufacturers I worked for took in old circuit boards, shredded them up, melted them down, and extracted the gold, silver and other minerals from them. It may not pay the extensive shipping costs, but it does divert them from landfill.


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by Dr Dij In reply to E-Junk

some countries now have laws preventing international shipment of waste, after a few years ago a barge from east coast full of junk US sailed around and was denied unloading.

how about you create 'recycling tanks' where you dump the components into and dissolve out, separate and recycle the materials?

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by DawidLombard In reply to no intl junk shipments

I like the suggestion about disolving! Thanks!

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