We were really intrigued by Fixfest speaker @Felipe_Fonseca’s post about his research, turning “smart city” on its head.
The London Waste and Recycling Board was too!
Greater interest than ever, and funding
For the first time we are hearing that the statutory “producers” of electronics (who are tasked with dealing with electronic waste) want to understand the flow of reused electronics, with a view to counting them towards collection targets.
There is funding from one of the producer compliance schemes to research how to reduce “consumer confusion over WEEE recycling”, something we’ve flagged to friend-of-Restart researcher @Lara_Houston.
Lastly there is something important here in language - Josh Lepawsky and others prefer to talk about “discards” as this prevents potentially working and/or reusable products in becoming statutory waste, and end-of-life.