I know this idea is pretty far out there as the consumer buy and throw away status quo goes, but still it has its merits.
What if someone designed an app for a Smartphone that took a picture of a TV or some other electronic device that had been marched to the curb, plotted the location, and sent that information to a list of local electronic recyclers?
The recyclers could then scan that information to see which one of them had the bandwidth to pick up the device before the scavengers broke into the device, took what they wanted, and scattered the remains about your neighborhood.
With the new Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation no one is supposed to be plopping their electronic junk to the curb, but they still do with appalling regularity.
With this new app you could record that abuse of our new law, get the device off the road and recycled properly—and the app would include a pay structure so that you could get a few bucks from the recycler for your efforts.
Again, I know this might put fear in the hearts of those who don’t want to take the time to recycle their stuff properly but just want to buy new stuff and have their old stuff magically disappear.
But that’s illegal now(soon under this new law, homeowners will be charged for putting their TV’s curbside) and besides it’s unsustainable—which is to say it threatens future generations ability to have a sustainable future.