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Electronic Waste: An Intro

Thanks to everyone who responded. It seemed like there was some interest in electronic waste, so here goes!


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  1. Alexandra 14:19, Mar 22nd, 10

    Just wondering – should there be sound with this? I couldn’t hear anything…

  2. ElzbthMllr 14:21, Mar 22nd, 10

    Sound is coming…next week ;)

  3. Leslie 15:43, Mar 22nd, 10

    The statistics in your presentation are quite alarming. As technology is becoming more and more commonplace, we as a society really need to find a way to more adequately deal with the growing waste problem.

    Are there steps that individuals can take to lessen the impact of e-waste?

    I know Apple really pushes how “green” their new MacBook Pro is. Is it actually significantly “greener” than other laptops? Do you know if other technology companies are looking to follow Apple’s lead in this regard?

  4. Harris 19:47, Mar 22nd, 10

    Electronic devices have become so cheap that ‘repairing’ just doesn’t seem feasible. It has become a dying art, even in a third world country I come from. I always wonder if these devices are intentionally designed to be disposable, so that we keep buying new ones?
    There shouldn’t be any e-waste until the last human has his own laptop… lol

    Check out http://www.cashforlaptops.com/

  5. HoniehLayla 19:47, Mar 22nd, 10

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    400 million units? I wasn’t aware that the disposal of such materials would be extremely hazardous to health.

    I have my old hard drive ready to be thrown out. Is there a specific procedure that must be followed to disposed of such materials?

    I would like to know if there any companies out there providing products that can be disposed of without any special process.

    This is alarming. A form of pollution that will only get worse as technology becomes more prevalent in our lives.

  6. nadine 22:37, Mar 22nd, 10

    Very interesting topic, I will give you tomorrow my friend’s contact information! Here one of his articles: http://www.isn.ethz.ch/isn/Current-Affairs/Special-Reports/E-Waste-s-Toxic-Trail/Analysis
    It is amazing how many precious materials are inside old mobile phones and sim-cards, like copper and gold! It would be such a waste not to use them! The extracion processes are sophisticated and costly, when performed in a safe and institutionalized environment. Though in developping countries, a lot of people perform the seperating processes in their backyard, which is extremely dangerous. But fast cash trumps safety…
    A very important aspect for e-waste: who should pay for the recycling process? In Switzerland, costs are split between consumers and producers. Consumers pay a recycling tax when buying a new product. When they want to dispose an old phone or computer, they can bring it back to any producer (Nokia accepts Sony and vice versa). Are there any private initiatives in the United States?

  7. Ryan 12:16, Mar 23rd, 10

    It would be cool if you could look into e-recycling as a solution or even create your own. These are definitely some staggering statistics.

    I remember apple saying that their new macs were “greener” and more power efficient.

    Could you find more details into the dumping these into third world countries and its effects?

    Nice slide show. It would be really cool, to go out to a landfill (eww – i know. I don’t know how courageous you’d be) and to video tape the extent of your findings and see if you can find electronic waste.