Sunday, September 16, 2007


If our current designated "options" of recycling electronics are as chaotic and ultimately careless as they seem, what valid alternatives does that leave me with? How does the individual decide on where to put, or what do with discontinued or broken electronic materials? The situation is obviously a bit more drastic than I could have imagined, but the concept of creating a make-shift environment-friendly disposal unit, or constructing some sort of storage facility is obviously out of the quesiton, since this dilemma is a bit more complicated than a simple two-bit, instinctive last minute decision. Before reviewing these articles and video examples, I hadn't the slightest impression of the magnitude of the issue; that certain villages were having to live with the polution up-front, and deal with it on their own terms, without any sort of administrative concern for the health or well being of the actual human beings, who are literally sleeping next to the problem.

First off, the local government(s) play a massive hand in the disposal of these materials, maybe even moreso than the companies that produced and disposed of the electronics. An international court might have to step in, after years of lobbying and media-grabbing, to both punish those responsible, and grant financial retribution to those who suffered the most.

Personally, if only I had the power, I would initiate and conduct a massive international fundraising campaign, focused on the concept of returning the biohazardous material back to the plants and factories that originally sent them out to third world areas. Of course this breaks several laws, but this is a personal preference, and a bit dreamlike, admittedly. The materials would be sent to the homes of the company owners, and those who decided so moronically to dispose of these materials in such a fashion. This, understandably, is unrealistic. Another option, and one a bit more reasonable and fathomable, would be to uproot the villagers of these areas, providing better homes, locales and expenses for their troubles. The company owners, and certain responsible local government officials might have to provide these people with a quality lifestyle, as repayment, instead of being officially tried in an international court for crimes against humanity, and should I say, nature.