Accountability: What happens to your broken electronics?

When you purchase new electronics, what do you do with the old components you are replacing? Do you donate them? Give them to a friend? Throw them away? Send them to a recycling facility? Many people I see throw countless items in the garbage everyday. Multiply this by the billions of people on this planet and you should easily see a problem. While not all countries have waste collection programs, here in the US we do. You can contact your local Solid Waste Management to see how you can properly dispose of your spent electronics. Most of these items can be disassembled by these agencies, where parts can be recycled back into new electronics. Most of the plastic housings can also be recycled.

Here are the links for our counties here in South Florida. You can easily look for the department in your county by searching, "Solid Waste Management" in your search browser.
Miami Dade County: http://www.miamidade.gov/publicworks/home.asp
Broward County: http://www.broward.org/wasteandrecycling/Pages/Default.aspx

Below you will find email correspondences with several well-known/popular electronic companies. I found it important to protect the names of individuals that were representing these companies.

Conair Corporation: Conair

Helen of Troy Limited: Vidal Sassoon & Revlon

Panasonic Corporation: Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation: Panasonic

I am very open and willing to work with any one of these companies to brainstorm better solutions for recycling their products back into usable goods or services. I will dedicate myself to finding funding, involving green organizations, talking with city officials and local artists about turning these products into safe, usable recycled goods that can be reintroduced back into the community. This could be through incorporating these goods into community-shared green spaces, like local art districts using sustainable design.

Please consider whether your unwanted items are disposable or if they can be recycled or re-purposed. Please consider where your purchases may end up at the end of their lifecycle, and what you can do to be a responsible consumer on into the future.

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