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Create E-waste Awareness Through A Rubbish Tracking System

As a method of generating awareness to the long lifespan of electronic products, i suggest that a number a different electronic products are taged with an global positioning device in order to track their movements around the world over a lifetime.

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As a method of generating awareness and gathering information about the long lifespan of electronic products, i suggest that a number a different electronic products are taged with an global positioning device in order to track their movements around the world over a lifetime. In theory, tracking a number of devices would show the origins of the device (China, maybe) followed by a number of years of spiratic movement around a small area or city will occasional long distance travel. Finally the product would be replaced by a better, newer model and the old device would remain stationary and unused.  It is this final destination that holds that most important data. Is the final resting place in someones home? is it in land fill? Have they given the device to someone else (sold it or given it away)?

How does your concept safeguard human health and protect our environment?

This concept provides important information about what consumers do with their device when they replace it. The information recorded could offer a great incite that could be used in advertising campaigns to encourage users to dispose of their devices in a way the protects our environment. For example, if the date recored that the majority of people kept their old mobile phones in their homes after they had upgraded to another one. A advertising campaign could be targeted to "get your phone out of the draw and into the phone recycler".

Where does your concept fit into the lifecycle of electronic devices?

It monitor the entire life cycles from a global positions perspective.

What steps could be taken today to start implementing your concept?

Find electronics company's that are willing to provide external organisation with this information. Find consumer groups that are willing to participate.

What kinds of resources will be needed to fully implement and scale your concept?

-GPS tracker small enough to fit in a mobile phone or similar device -Software program to record the data -staff to analysis the date -electroics companies or consumer groups willing to particitpate

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Interesting concept... the GPS tracker would need to be minuscule and lightweight to get manufacturers and brands cooperation.

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I like how this innovative concept takes the reserve or at least a different approach from the main stream of; three R's: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. I too free if we can understand and visualize trash usage and workflows we are better equipped to uncover insights for improvement. This can be a good source of data mining.

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