Damning 60 Minutes report focuses on Denver-area recycler

Scott Pelley introduces "The Wasteland."

Last night's 60 Minutes featured "The Wasteland," a report by correspondent Scott Pelley about the highly illegal export of discarded computers, cell phones and other electronic-age gadgets from America to Hong Kong, where the act of extracting gold and the like from this rubbish has produced one of the most toxic environments on the planet. And Denver is among the stars of the show. Pelley attends an e-recycling event staged here by Executive Recycling, an Englewood-based company whose promises of green behavior helped win it a contract with the City of Denver. However, 60 Minutes disputed its claims of eco-purity by tracking a cargo container filled with cathode-ray tubes from the company's operations base to Hong Kong -- and by noting that the firm was named in a federal sting operation. Hard to imagine the results pleasing Executive Recycling CEO Brandon Richter, who's seen coolly trying to convince Pelley that it's all a big misunderstanding.

See the entire 60 Minutes piece (and an irritating Intel ad) by clicking "More." -- Michael Roberts

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