GEORGETOWN, Ky. -- Kenny Gravitt dropped a computer hard drive in the hopper atop a large machine. There was a grinding noise, and bits of aluminum and plastic clattered into a bin below.
"I don't think you're going to recover much data from that," Gravitt said, smiling broadly as he scooped up a handful of shards. Gravitt is co-owner with Paul Haddix of Global Environmental Services, a relatively new company that recycles and refurbishes the electronics gadgets that are becoming an increasing part of the world's waste stream. The company promises that noneof the stuff it hauled away would end up in a landfill. That promise, Gravitt, is a key to his business model. Electronic components are stripped down to parts such as plastic housings, mother boards or hard drives, and the parts are sold to "downstream partners" who recycle them into material that can be reused in a manufacturing process.
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