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Understand E-Waste

Let’s collect everything we can to learn about what e-waste is and how it presents an opportunity for innovation around the world.

Let’s collect everything we can to learn about what e-waste is and how it presents an opportunity for innovation in communities around the world:

  • What goes into making our favorite cell phone, laptop or other electronic tool? 
  • How does e-waste recycling work today? 
  • What happens when our e-waste isn’t disposed of or recycled properly?

Let’s also explore examples of existing or successful e-waste innovations, services or businesses to learn from. What's working? Who can we learn from? Think reuse, repurpose, secondary markets, safe recycling, etc.

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There are a number of charities that currently accept used cell phone / other electronic device donations. They raise funds for their work through recycling/reuse of these devices.

There are a number of charities that currently accept used cell phone / other electronic device donations. They raise funds for their work through recycling/reuse of these devices.

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Functional E-Robots made from e-waste parts and components that have been discarded  can operate in key locations within major cities to vacuum misplaced and neglected trash, then dumping it back into selected garbage bins located around town.

Functional E-Robots made from e-waste parts and components that have been discarded can operate in key locations within major cities to vacuum misplaced and neglected trash, then dumping it back into selected garbage bins located around town.

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good example of combining e-waste management and business trend. This site help us think of other possibly to improve e-waste management in our local community.

good example of combining e-waste management and business trend. This site help us think of other possibly to improve e-waste management in our local community.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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DeletedUser

Nowadays, it seams that a lot of people are having fun to crash their old electronic devices. Realizing stress, getting rid of material thinking, destroying stuff that had huge value 3 years ago? A entertaining way of seeing E-waste !

Nowadays, it seams that a lot of people are having fun to crash their old electronic devices. Realizing stress, getting rid of material thinking, destroying stuff that had huge value 3 years ago? A entertaining way of seeing E-waste !

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It is by PBS Kids and they go through step by step about recycling. They have animations and games that can easily attract little kids. I personally found this website very helpful.

It is by PBS Kids and they go through step by step about recycling. They have animations and games that can easily attract little kids. I personally found this website very helpful.

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Making bottle recycling into a fun activity in the community. A very smart and different approach to make people recycle.

Making bottle recycling into a fun activity in the community. A very smart and different approach to make people recycle.

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This project uses the platform of Google Maps and provides the public access to a database of stations that collect and recycle e-waste in Brazil.

This project uses the platform of Google Maps and provides the public access to a database of stations that collect and recycle e-waste in Brazil.

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Sadly, many people don't realize that they can fix their broken electronics most of the time before throwing them away.  You would be doing a better deed for the planet of reducing e-waste if you learned how to repair and reuse your old electronics.

Sadly, many people don't realize that they can fix their broken electronics most of the time before throwing them away. You would be doing a better deed for the planet of reducing e-waste if you learned how to repair and reuse your old electronics.

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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.

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.

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