A smart city is usually one connected and managed through computing — sensors, data analytics and other information and communications technology.
As cities become 'smarter', they need more and more objects fitted with technology. We need to think about designing these objects to accommodate computers, which often break down and create e-waste.
There’s more to e-waste than the discarded monitors, cell phones and other electronics.
No amount of post-consumer recycling can recoup the waste generated before consumers purchase their devices.
Before taking that tempting upgrade, ask yourself if it’s really necessary.
The most sustainable phone is the one you already own. But if you're in the market for a new handset, consider choosing one with replaceable parts to avoid having to replace the whole thing again.
Imported laptop housings, Guiyu, China.
Basel Action Network
China, which recycles much of the world's waste material, is slashing its scrap imports. This move could force the United States and Europe to boost recycling instead of shipping trash overseas.
When technology evolves, it affects not only your financial position but also your ability to exercise other choices.
Gone to waste: not enough of Australia’s obsolete electronics are being recovered.
AAP Image/Alan Porritt
Australia is among the world's top ten users of electronic and electrical products. But our systems for recycling the resulting 'e-waste' fall a long way short of other rich nations.
We want products that last, it's up to manufacturers to provide us with the information we need to buy them.
It would be a waste, and environmental hazard, to see them thrown in the bin.
There are precious, and toxic, minerals in our old mobile phones. Far better to recycle them than dump them in the trash.
The need for a solution to e-waste disposal is more urgent than ever.
In the era of wearable technology, we live as devices of our own devices.
To be good global citizens, we must stop churning through energy-hungry devices. Earth cannot cope with the burdens, including mountains of e-waste, that electronic consumerism creates.
Agbogbloshie, an area in the city of Accra Ghana, is usually portrayed as an e-waste dump. A more accurate picture would include the repair and refurbishment economy.
Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform
Design-for-recycling and take-back laws – not just more recycling – are needed to address the sprawling e-waste problem.
After a software upgrade your “smart mug” will be as pointless as these floppy disc drives.
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