Taxing electronics based on the time it takes to separate toxic materials containing parts from the rest.
Separating toxic parts from normal materials, such as plastic covers, is often difficult and time consuming. Electronic devices could be taxed based on the time it takes to separate parts containing toxics from the rest. Tax could be a fixed amount tax times the time in seconds it takes to disassemble the device. This way the well-designed modular devices could avoid the tax almost completely. At the same time the modularity might make the production of devices easier, thus providing the companies also cost savings. As a result, the companies would have financial incentives to design easily recyclable devices.
by Paul) could be used to define the amount of tax for different devices.
The better the rating, the lower the taxes. A similar tax has also been suggested by
These kind of taxes would create new design constraints helping to implement concepts by
, which would, among other things, encourage development of
modular cell phones
. Modular cell phones would support the creation of new business models, such as
by Andrew. The second photo is a simple illustration of the relationships between all these concepts
Thanks, Paul, again for the suggestions!