[LINK] throw-away culture

Kim Holburn kim.holburn at gmail.com
Mon Jan 22 18:50:07 AEDT 2007

On 2007/Jan/22, at 4:07 AM, Stewart Fist wrote:

> Howard writes:
>> I have commented on this forum before about the lack of electronic  
>> waste
>> recycling facilities outside of the cap. cities.  I was part of a  
>> group
>> that was studying the economic viability of providing such a  
>> service, to
>> be promoted and subsidised by local councils as part of their waste
>> management responsibilities because it is not economically viable  
>> as a
>> private operation, but none were interested.  They all say, "We're
>> looking into it", but are doing nothing about it.  Unfortunately  
>> one of
>> the biggest expenses in putting together such an operation is the  
>> labour
>> costs and the associated expenses, esp. OH&S.
> With the high cost of labor these days, and the low cost of  
> products, I
> doubt that it will ever be commercially viable, on the standard  
> economic
> basis.

Surely we could have some sort of service model where I "rent?" a  
current computer maybe even with software and it is upgraded every so  
often.  (Isn't that the path Microsoft wants us all to go down  
anyway?;-)  If we can push the upgrade and disposal costs to the  
provider then it's in their interests to bring those costs down.

> A report a few years ago in the USA showed that just the pickup  
> cost of
> separated (recycled) garbage cost more than the amount that could be
> recovered, from everything but aluminium cans ("solidified  
> electricity").
> The recycling option for electronics, I believe, must become part  
> of a much
> wider and comprehensive plan which involves the use of the  
> unemployed and
> the disabled.  It must be seen as a productive form of welfare  
> assistance,
> and judged on these economics, not those of the business community.
> Of course, surcharges and high dumping costs would also help, but  
> not really
> solve the problem in times of such affluence.   I'm doing my bit by  
> keeping
> old iMac's alive, but I'm almost down to my last.

Australia is affluent in landfill sites but not all countries are.   
Japan is having to seriously look at limiting waste.

Kim Holburn
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