eBay joins drive to get Americans recycling
American citizens are being urged to recycle their electric and electronic waste in a campaign being headed by internet auction house, eBay.
Moreover, the survey also uncovered the fact that over half of all households in the US had electronic items in good working condition that were no longer being used, but the majority of people did not know anything about the recycling options and possibilities in their local area.
Senior Strategist for the SVTC, Ted Smith, said he hoped that having eBay onboard would help to raise the profile of his organisation's recycling campaign.
"We need to undertake this monumental task in a responsible manner, so that our electronic waste does not become someone else's toxic nightmare," Mr Smith stated.
When items such as a computer are past their useful life, the Rethink programme will help consumers to find a responsible local recycler form a list developed by the SVTC, the Basel Action Network (BAN) and the Computer Takeback Campaign (CTBC).
"We established a 'recycler's pledge' that holds recyclers to environmentally responsible standards of conduct," explained Robin Schneider of the CTBC.
"This includes, for instance, not sending electronic waste to developing countries for dangerous or environmentally destructive operations, and not using prison labour where health and safety standards are grossly insufficient."
By Jane Kettle