george65 ; I'm no politician either . BUT
since you have seen this stuff happening . Have you done anything to try bring this to light? I for one would be raising cane if I saw all those cell phone and batteries being dumped! OR was it long enough ago that there's no way to bring it back up now?
It was about 2 years ago now and I was certainly not supposed to see it and the fact I did could have well cost my brother in laws Job. He was manager at a waste facility and this was known as a "secure" dump they pay a lot for. Basicaly it means that not only do they get to dump the products, the facility they dump them at also destroys them in front of the company reps there to make sure they do. They are usually also put into deep pits and filled over. In this case a semi pulled up ( a curtain side) and all the phones were on pallets. They were carefully removed with the help of an excavator and some of the hired Einstein facility workers. The semi pulled away and one of those mammoth Dozers with the 10ft high spiked wheels ran everything over repeatedly scraping the pile up every so many passes and going over it again for good measure. This went on for almost half an hour till clearly nothing was left of anything.
After that, it was all pushed into a 20Ft deep hole and rammed with the excavator before being covered up and rammed down some more. Nothing to be recovered even if you could as it's all probably 100Ft under the surface now with the buildup of the layers of garbage... and other perfectly good dumped products.
As it turned out, a good friend was a manager of the company that Dumped all these, Vodaphone. Normally she would be one of the observers of these dumpings but was on Holidays at the time. When I told her about it she was blase having been to a multitude of them over her time with the company. She thought it was disgusting as well just from the POV of how the board was always pushing for more profits but would write off hundreds of thousands worth of stock like this every year.
Another friend was a higher up in a shoe store chain and had seen the same thing. The mentality was they would not give hem to charitys or homeless because that would lower the number of people that bought shoes from them if they got them for nothing.
Yeah, people with no where to sleep or whom eat at soup kitchens are always buying fancy new shoes to look fashionable and in season!
My brother in law oversaw multiple dumpings of this type every week and I saw others like the clothing dumps when I would go there to Pick up veg oil they took from cruise ships or to dump some of my own rubbish. Often when things of " interest" arrived, he would fein bing too busy to run over it with the dozer and tell them it would have to wait an hour at which point the company reps would leave and he and the guys there would pour over it and take what they wanted. The phones and other things were different because the company dumping them was real adamant about them not ever getting into circulation and the company went with it because of the money they made from it. Other things were not as serious so could be scavenged.
There was a lot of new and unused It equipment that got dumped too. I got a HP server that had until a few months before, been selling for $34,000. I put it in my event photography trailer. Kept the thing very warm in winter but played havoc on the power supply at some places. Damn thing weighed near 80Kg and took a full 5 min to booth up and sounded like an old 707 when it did with it's 19 large fans whirring away and 14 Hdd's spinning. We called it the Tumansky due to it's size and weight.
Made our View stations lightening fast though. :0)
Brother in law still has boxes of brand name wrist watches at home ( got a couple off him last weekend) clothing, tools, Tv wall mounting brackets... and a heap of other stuff besides all the furniture, appliances and other things he got and put in the house.
I still have 2x 2Kw 2x 4kw and 1x 5kw plus a 2KW solar inverter I have hooked up to panels up the back I got from there that were dumped. I gave one to a mate as a spare for his system and sold another 2 from the load I brought home that were about to be dozed.
The reason they were dumped? Old model. What was the difference between the old and the new model? The plastic front cover.
Everything else I discovered is the same. Same chassis, board, mounting, connections.... NOTHING other than the front cover was changed but instead of opening the box and changing the panel, a truck load of the units were dumped.
Apparently I'd missed out on a load of solar panels the week before and there was a stack of them I was told.
And all this came from ONE facility in ONE city. Probably 30 places of its type here run by my BIL's ( former) company and the competition. Then you can drive 60 miles north or south and find more.
The fact the Gubbermint makes me use garbage, dangerous, toxic light bulbs to supposedly save the environment but allows this complete and utter bullshit to go on every day is why I have no respect whatsoever for all this save the planet crap.
Same as I can go buy some some 3+ ton SUV with no fuel economy to speak of that I never take out of the city but have all these other green initiatives rammed down my neck as if they make a difference.
It's crap, complete and utter crap. Just banning this dumping in one state would do more for the environment than all the energy saving lightbulbs in the whole damn nation would.
But it's all about the elites and governments making money and just putting the individual on a guilt trip as if it's their fault and they should be doing more.
I don't know how people are gullible enough to fall for and put up with it.