E-Waste: Not Easy at All

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Barbara Jorgensen
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Barbara Jorgensen   1/8/2013 3:50:48 PM
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FScot: Agreed--but if recycling is such a profitable business, why aren't more private organizations flocking to it?

Or, if somone (like the Boy Scouts) came to collect my old electronics--which the Forbes article also suggests--they could achieve volume in no time.

Obviously, it's more efficient for consumers to bring it to recycling sites...in my area, all recyclables--plastic, tin and paper--all go into the same bin. We now send out more reycling than garbage now. It's a great system for us. I'm not sure how much work goes on at the plant, though--separating the stuff could be cost-intensive.

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Re: Recycle fees with purchase
Barbara Jorgensen   1/8/2013 3:44:01 PM
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@hm: this sounds like a good idea, like the bottle bill in the US which gives you back a nickel per bottle.

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FLYINGSCOT   1/8/2013 12:13:59 PM
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I agree Ewaste is a big issue.  I believe local councils should do more to ensure that Ewaste is easy and free to dispose of.  Otherwise the stuff will just be dumped and that could impact the environment. 

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Re: Recycle fees with purchase
nimantha.d   1/8/2013 8:16:17 AM
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Here in my country we do have a common place to hand over whatever the electrical items which we do not use but I'm not sure how many people do follow it especially when it comes for out station how can you expect them to hand over their electrical items ? You cannot expect them to come to Colombo with it and hand over.

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Wale Bakare   1/7/2013 8:11:29 PM
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You would probably need robots to be handling the extractions of useful parts and destructions of unuseful parts. I guess is not a peice meal task!!! How many of these old devices made of gold or copper?

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Recycle fees with purchase
_hm   1/7/2013 7:36:57 PM
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In our province, they do charge recycle fee along with purchase of goods. Does this mean, local municipal / government will take back units free of charge when they are old?

Also, recycle can be much more innovative and can be profitable business.

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