Regarding the Feb. 2, Page 6 Viewpoint “Recycled electronics draws firm to China,” I believe the argument that MBA Polymers Inc. makes about there not being enough material to supply a recycling project in the United States is ridiculous. As an exporter of mixed plastics from personal computers and electronics, I can tell you the supply of end-of-life electronics is abundant and growing. We take on new suppliers every day that have several tons of the plastic from electronics.
I have many clients that I buy plastic and metal scrap from that are sometimes overwhelmed with the amount of material they receive. I think it's horrible that our tax dollars would go to the development of recycling for other countries.
The only thing in the process that is lagging is the amount of dismantlers. Everybody is trying to automate the separation, when in reality the only way to do it economically is to disassemble manually. You get the greatest return, with the purest stream of each and every component (including plastics), which always brings top dollar. Whether overseas or domestically, there is a market for it all.
Plastic Nation Inc.
Boca Raton, Fla.