Children wandering through toxic waste mixed with mud isn't exactly the picture you'd want to see on your iPod photo. But Apple is responsible for its fair share of lead, mercury and brominated flamer retardants leaking into Asian soils, environmentalists pointed out yesterday outside the Moscone Convention Centre where Steve Jobs was holding his MacWorld keynote presentation.
Apple has the most irresponsible of environmental practices of the computer industry, the protesters said. HP and Dell on the other hand have committed to make it easier for consumers to recycle old equipment.
Protesters said rival computer-makers make it easier for consumers to recycle old equipment. "Dell and HP are supporting responsible legislation, while Apple has been directly opposing legislation in Maine and Minnesota," Mamta Khanna, program manager at the Center for Environmental Health told the San Francisco Chronicle.
A spokeswoman for Apple declined to comment to the newspaper. Of course, after all Apple PR has a reputation to maintain.
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