Quoted: on old gadgets and e-waste

“All the energy is going to how do we get the next revenue, from the new best gadget, and there is never a thought in to how to get it back.”

James Kao, founder of Green Citizen, a San Francisco company that collects and coordinates recycling of old electronics. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says about 2.4 million tons of electronic waste are generated each year, according to Bloomberg, which cites experts who say the holidays are the “biggest buying time for most consumer electronics and it absolutely results in more e-waste.” Meanwhile, those who got the latest and greatest gadgets for the holidays have plenty of options for getting rid of the old and the tired. On CNN‘s list: selling them on eBay, craigslist and specialty websites such as Gazelle.com; trading them for store credit; donating them to charity; and taking them to retailers to be recycled. Or perhaps you live in an area where there is an ecoATM, a kiosk that analyzes how much your old gadgets are worth and make you an offer you might not want to refuse.

 

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