Our team is lucky to conduct an email interview with Courtney from the recycling program here at Urbana, IL. She is in charge of the e-waste recycling event CU area host every 4 times a year and our questions are mostly based off the event.
One of the biggest and fastest growing socio-economic gaps stems from children's access and ability to interact with technology. Old electronics should be donated to "gadget camps," in which underprivileged kids can play and build with electronics.
Although new, e-waste is beeing tackled by several organisations worldwide. A compilation of some of them is an important resource as Inspiration. But this Forum will have to go through the documents to better understand the whole.
All new electronics should be produced with a barcode (or other information device) on the device that provides information on the materials contained in the components. This information should be publicly accessible to allow for easier recycling.
TerraCycle seeks to eliminate waste by finding up-cycling opportunities for items that are traditionally not recyclable. Participants collect and mail the waste to TerraCycle where it is then transformed into new products.
This website is created by EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) and again, school teachers can use this website to teach kids in class. This website has very detailed steps from the beginning to the end.
I was happy to learn about Best Buy's e-waste recycling standards when choosing where to recycle my own box full of electronics, but there was still holes in the information provided. How do we help companies take the humble approach to transparency?