From StateImpact Texas, by Terrance Henry: As shiny new electronics are being plugged in all across the country this week, many old items are being thrown out. A lot of consumers choose to recycle their old televisions, computers and other gadgets at electronic waste recycling centers, in an effort to prevent all of those plastics and chips from clogging up landfills and leaking waste into the ground.
But let’s say you drop off that old PlayStation at one of those recycling centers. Where does it go from there?
One reporter was determined to find out. I-Hwa Cheng, a graduate student in Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and former intern at KUT News, decided to follow the trail of e-waste from recyclers in Texas to their final destination.