[clug-talk] Recycling Fees
jason.k.louie at gmail.com
Tue Jan 11 14:11:35 PST 2005
I would say that there are some very good ideas being presented. Here
are some of my meager ideas I would like to toss out there. I agree
with Niels that the flat rate of $100 is a bit high for the lower
income consumers. You can get a Dell for about $350 so another $100
on top of that would really be upsetting. Why not a percentage of the
cost? Or have some sort of rating system for each component. Higher
prices for big monitor which is more hazardous than the average NIC.
Since the objects will always take up the same amount of space in the
landfill or otherwise I would say having a declining deposit rate
would only cause companies to wait till the deposit runs out the take
it to the landfill.
Computers and parts can be brought into certain organizations that
would give the full deposit back, (or tax deduction of the initial
deposit.) Then the parts can be properly recycled or reused. Overall
the benifits of using the computers for longer terms, contributing to
needed organizations and schools are also covered and you make money.
Once again the money can be put into an account and interest can be used.
For you South Park fans.
1. Have a Deposit for computer parts in initial purchase.
2. Invest the Deposit
3. Give the Deposit back and use the computer for other needs.
4. Recycle the computer. And sell the raw material.
The downfalls I can think of are getting computers from outside the
covered areas, (for you Seinfield fans, it's similar to when George,
Numan and Kramer figured that on mother's day they can get a higher
bottle deposits back in another state and tried to make a profit from
it, ) and covering the cost of recycling the parts, (sure some can be
sold as raw material but other like monitors are harder and more
costly to recycle.)
Anyone know how we can get these ideas in motion?
PS: I know, I watch too much TV.
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