Neoseeker : News : Will British Columbia really start recycling old computers?
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kspiess Jul 16, 07
What a horrible deal for people: getting charged an extra 5 to 15 dollars on every electronic for a 'recycling' program that maximizes profit margins. Brilliant.

I wonder if a 5 to 15 dollar tax on electronics will be enough to cover the costs of the program... lol...it's not as if all that many "TVs, computers, printers and monitors" are sold throughout the province every year.
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kspiess Jul 16, 07
It would make logical sense to RECEIVE 5 or 15 dollars every time you bring a TV,computer, printer or monitor to a recycling place.

I can see it now: homeless dudes on the streets with their shopping carts, hauling cans, blankets, and old 15" CRTs.
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huntyr Jul 17, 07
hmm, if this is a province tax I think I will start supporting alberta's economy next time I want to buy something.

This is a horrible idea. I can't believe someone said "Let's recycle by running a large smelting plant and burn everything". Smelting plants require a lot of fuel to run and generate a lot of horrible waste product.
The people I feel most sorry for are those in trail that new all sorts of new chemicals introduced to their air
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Guest Jul 17, 07
I agree with your comments. I'm glad to be leaving close to the Alberta border where there are true recycling programs available. suggestion though...get a copy editor
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Guest Jul 18, 07
As a personal friend of Sarah in the article, she has told me that most of the quotes in this article are largely fabricated. BAN has sent a letter to editor expressing concerns about this article. Also, the fee you pay at time of pruchase you do not get back when you recycle it.
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Guest Jul 28, 07
There is some price where recycling of this stuff could catch on. It is not the price currently being charged in Washington State, for example, so there is a lot of short-dumping and old electronics in the woods. Office Depot and HP had a program that lasted about a month and a half a couple years ago where they accepted this stuff for free and it was probably too successful, so it was never revived. Ordinary people don't see lead or cadmium or mercury in the environment, so if they are still alive tomorrow, there was no harm. I'll bet Ted Stevens's bridge to nowhere would fund half the recycling cost in the US.
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Guest Jul 28, 07
Huntyr, coal fired power plants require lots of energy to run also, as do gas fire and nuke plants.

So what is the solution to this "they shouldn't be doing that" problem? What are your ideas to recycle these items?
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Guest Jul 28, 07
I wouldn't feel too bad for us that live in Trail. We do live in a smelter town; heck, some of these chemicals being introduced are cleaner than what we have right now
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Guest Jul 28, 07
The environmental tax being charged is actually $5 to $45 dollars charge not 15 , also the levy is a fee, not a deposit like pop cans, so you will never see your $5 - $45 again.
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Guest Jul 29, 07
A levy on cd's, dvd's and mp3 player's because we MIGHT store pirated music on them, and now a levy on computers and an incineration program for outdated hardware. Smells like Sony etc. owns us.
I'd just like to mention GNU/Linux runs great on older computers and Vista is not really an upgrade, but an up-sell.
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Guest Jul 29, 07
if done correctly, encorp is going to make a shit load of money. if they pluck all the microchips off the boards and process them separately they would end up with a mountain of chips which actually has several orders of magnitude of gold than is naturally found in the ground *profit*
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Guest Jul 29, 07
Alberta already charges an enviro-tax on electronics. *But* they use it to fund actual recycling (dismantling and materials reuse) of the items instead of incinerating the complete device.

http://www3.gov.ab.ca/env/waste/ewaste/index.html
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kspiess Aug 7, 07
This is so lame. I'm going to have to pay this fee this week when I but some new stuff. They don't charge disposal fees on microwaves or fridges or CARS so I don't see the justification for this... especially when you can't throw an old hard drive without hitting a free computer recycling center.
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