National Public Radio Morning Edition: Computer Recycling
March 11, 2002
Listen to this NPR broadcast, then answer the following questions.
Some of the vocabulary is given to help you understand the content.
to wind up
across the country
to melt down
with little consideration for
to be burned
to see a problem coming
over the Web
Renee St. Denis
to fill out a form
credit card information
to pick up
IBM (International Business Machines)
to turn in
Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
to take responsibility for
life cycle treatment
into the system
at the end
to be in place
the point they're trying to make
to rely on
to do the right thing
to charge s.o. up front
ever thinner profit margins
to be forced into it
to be a big part of the solution
to go a long way
in that regard
to cover (said of a law)
Dan Bayot (?)
to go forward
to be out there
Where do they turn?
to handle big accounts
Wells Fargo Bank
to strip down
scale = a large scale
to take the low road
to be classified as
to be party to
to deal with
Listening comprehension questions:
two things may happen to a lot of old computers?
2. How many computers are expected to become obsolete by 2004?
3. Why are PC monitors especially dangerous?
4. What has HP done to address this problem?
5. How does HP provide this service?
6. What does this service cost, and how are you expected to pay?
7. What is "product stewardship"?
8. What is a weakness of this system?
9. How might consumers be motivated to recycle their computers?
10. Does Ted Smith think most consumers want to help recycle PCs? What problem do they face?
11. Even if a program is effective, what does it not solve?
12. What might a less scrupulous PC recycling company do?
13. What is the problem with this less scrupulous solution?
14. What is the problem with the "more scrupulous" solution?
15. About what percent of the US e-waste ends up being exported to other countries?
16. Why is exporting PCs for recycling not illegal?
17. What safe solution would you propose to solve the problem of discarded PCs in Taiwan?