Toys is actually a very interesting case - the product safety rules drive design away from recycled content (too much potential for contamination) and easy disassembly so kids aren't the ones taking batteries and other electronics out. There is also the tendancy of people to store or give away toys rather than recycling. British Columbia, Canada, actually does have a successful toy recycling program. The problem is what little is returned is completely broken or usually made of low-grade plastics that have no recycling value. It's a real challenge to figure out how to handle them.
Actually e-waste is a very serious business in the B-to-B space, but not for consumer products. The materials, boards and chips are low value and labor intensive to recover. Some recyclers have figured out how to do this profitably, mainly through volume, but it's definitely not simple for either the recycler or the consumer. I'm watching the variety of programs that are starting to try and change the idea of "waste" to "resource" or "scrap" to improve recycling. The local effort here is Reimagine Phoenix. E-waste doesn't tend to be on the agenda for these programs, but I think they'll have to deal with this issue, hopefully sooner than later.
SP, this is pretty good example. Children toys are easily broken thanks to the .. children. They smash they throw and the toys stop working after a while. I have never seen such service of collecting old toys for recycling.
Yes the tide of E-waste is already on the way. We see children's toys almost all used batteries, there are PCBs inside. The old spike busters, old phones etc. the list goes on and on. The sad part is e-waste recycling is still not being considered a serious business and there is absolutely no colllection mechanism. I have lots of e-waste lying in my home, have been keeping it aside but hardly there are recyclers. And no one wants to come and pick up as its makes no business sense.
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