TEcoArt Complaint - Possible Toxic Material

Review by JCrum on 2011-08-27
LAKEWOOD RANCH, FLORIDA -- TEcoArt is located in a condominium building in Florida. The owner takes old hard drives, opens them up and uses parts to make cheap Made in China knock off clocks using the Hard drive platter.

He does all of this in his condo. His neighbors are unaware of the toxic materials emitting from his open patio.

Disposal of hard drives should be accomplished with caution because they contain environmentally harmful materials that are required to be recycled.

Hard-disk platters typically are made of aluminum, a metal that is energy-intesive to refine and, in its pure form, corrodes easily and must be coated with other materials, most often cobalt.
Cobalt is toxic, and in metallic form is radioactive.

I think someone should contact the EPA.
Comments:5 Replies - Latest reply on 2011-08-28
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-27:
BA Maui
Posted by olie on 2011-08-27:
As Maui suggested, perhaps you could call the EPA.

In addition, check your condo's bylaws. There's very likely a prohibition against a business being run in one of the units.

And your city's licensing board might be interested, if the city requires businesses to be licensed.
Posted by T on 2011-08-27:
You say that the neighbors are unaware of what is going on in the condo. Yet you are. This begs the question of what your relationship to him is.

Do you know for sure that he is using toxic chemicals? If so, you would be the best person to contact the EPA, I believe.
Posted by Starlord on 2011-08-28:
Posted by Starlord on 2011-08-28:
How does he make cheap Made in China clocks in his apartment? Is his apartment in China? I have seen people make clocks from many odd components from old barn wood to computer chips. Generally, it is a hobby, and I have yet to meet anyone who actually made a business returning livable profits from what is essentially a hobby.

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