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    Metal “Recycling” Run Amuck?

    By Keith R | March 21, 2007

    Topics: Waste & Recycling | No Comments »

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    Just ran across an interesting article in today’s Jamaica Observer. Seems that collection of scrap metal — including foraging and scavenging and sometimes even robbing from working stock — has become very lucrative in Jamaica over the past year, skyrocketing from a US$12 million a year business in 2005 to US$89 million in 2006. Trouble is, it is having perverse effects locally and most of the collected scrap (particularly copper) is not being recycled and re-used in Jamaica, but rather shipped off to China, Singapore and Taiwan.

    Food for thought.

    “Scrap metal now a US$89b business”

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