The world is currently faced with a toxic crisis of unparalleled proportions resulting from a disposable mentality, in which outdated items simply get tossed and replaced. A mentality, we as Americans are especially guilty of. Not until the last twenty or so years, have we have truly begun to realize the impact of societal actions on our global ecology. Within that same period, with the evolution of technology being so rapid, the quantity of waste created has ballooned to the point where waste is frequently shipped elsewhere to become ‘Somebody Else’s Problem’. As a result, we end up with already poverty stricken regions having their water and food tainted by another’s waste.
The first step to overcoming such global issues is responsibly disposing of our own waste in ways that are as harmless to our environment as possible, hence the growing popularity of recycling and composting programs. In keeping with this idea, Reboot our Schools works with local organizations specializing in waste management, who ensure that all waste is appropriately broken down and recycled here within the US. Nothing is disposed of outside the States, and everything that can be reused or recycled is.
Additionally, Reboot our Schools is a supporter of BAN (Basel Action Network) a global network dedicated to eliminating trade in toxic substances. In recognizing the direct impact toxic trade has not only environmentally, but economically on the world’s poor, and on human rights in general, we believe it becomes our responsibility to ensure any waste we create is accounted for.
- Managing E-Waste: Battery and Computer Recycling (everydayhealth.com)
- Don’t forget digital e-waste in your green IT endeavors (zdnet.com)
- How to Increase Recycling In Your Town (bayintegratedmarketing.wordpress.com)
- E-Waste bill gains broad support (politico.com)