Americans, and the rest of the world, are throwing away more and more electronic waste. Most would recycle, but there is no standardized way of doing so, so they opt to throw it out. There needs to be a unified system, supported by industry and retail, that is easy and inexpensive enough for everyone to use.
Recycling / Reclamation of Electronics and Digital Objects (REDO) is the solution. REDO is a full system of drop off points, collectors, recyclers, and data security standards that allow for all strata of users and consumers to responsibly consume and dispose of their electronics and appliances. From the street level user, small business, government, and Fortune 500 companies, all would be serviced through REDO.
The packaging for new, small purchases could include prepaid postage and double as a container to send your previous gadget to a local recycler. Retailers would have packaging and labels for small to medium sized devices and there would be partnerships with local junk collection services for pickup of larger items and bulk recycling from business and government. Any items that are mildly broken or still working can be refurbished and donated to low-income areas while broken items could be responsibly recycled and mined for their precious materials. Anything with possibly sensitive data would be wiped using the same standards that the U.S. government uses, allowing for the former owner to have zero concerns for using the services.
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