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Earth Day 2013: The Supply Chain's Role in Reducing E-Waste

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hash.era
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Re: Who needs re-use or re-enginnering?
hash.era   6/30/2013 12:19:56 AM
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@Eldredge: They will as long as the quality is matched. 

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Adeniji Kayode   4/30/2013 9:42:43 PM
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@Hospice,

You made a good point there. That seems to be the secret of staying on top the ladder in the world of consumers' electronics and automobile.

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Re: we are on the wrong track
Adeniji Kayode   4/30/2013 9:34:14 PM
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@FLYINGSCOT,

That is a good observation.Does it make any sense that a complete printer with new catridges is more cheaper than replacing the catridges when exhausted.

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FLYINGSCOT   4/30/2013 1:21:19 PM
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We are in a world where it is cheaper to throw something away than to repair it.  It is also cheaper buying a brand new printer with ink than the genuine ink catridge (in some cases).  Once we fix these things we can maybe start to reduce waste.

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Hospice_Houngbo   4/30/2013 10:14:19 AM
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@Mr. Roques,

The race for innovation and competitiveness is the driving force behind most companies's product launch strategy. Manufacturers need to be shipping out new products on a regular basis, in order to be viable and survive. We may not need a new "new iPad" that soon, but Apple cannot afford not to come up with a new product - even if it is a minor improvement over the previous version.

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TaimoorZ   4/29/2013 7:28:47 PM
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"How can you balance a company's desire to sell more and more devices, making them only last one or two years, at most, with their social responsibility?"

@Mr Roques: As I said, direct financial incentives is the key. Rather than putting up fines for non-conformance, companies can be given monetary rewards if they're able to stay out of any environmental issues raised against them for an year. The incentive has to be sound enough so it acts as a motivating factor rather than just something that the companies can easily ignore.


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Mr. Roques   4/29/2013 6:14:16 PM
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How can you balance a company's desire to sell more and more devices, making them only last one or two years, at most, with their social responsibility? I read that Apple was going to test a lease-type system for their iPhones.

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TaimoorZ   4/29/2013 6:04:39 PM
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@prabhakar: That's a valid observation. The desposable nature of electronic components has certainly impacted the recycling. Companies no longer want to recycle electronic devices. As you mentioned, the recycling of individual parts comes as an obvious solution which is less effective than reusing the entire device.

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TaimoorZ   4/29/2013 5:57:13 PM
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I think when it comes to reducing e-waste the biggest question is what incentives do companies have to reduce it. At the end of the day, it's all about the cost vs the benefits. If the benefits of reducing the e-waste don't directly translate into monetary benefits or cost-savings in future, companies will not invest in it despite whatever recognition and accolades they get.

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Ariella   4/29/2013 3:37:42 PM
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@Hh There is direct recycling and upcycling, when you turn something into something else, as explained in http://greenliving.nationalgeographic.com/recycling-vs-upcycling-20221.html Some of that does involve turning, say the bit of copper into fashion jewlery. However, I believe that what Eldrege meant here with respect to "fashionable" is what people generally do. 

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