EARN – European Advanced Recycling Network
Hello,I checked the Phonebloks Partner List today, to see which recycling business company partners with Phonebloks. And it surprised me that there´s none! From an engineers point of view, the Phonebloks goal “creating…higher level of recyclability (or even bio-degradability) for the end product” could only be achieved by designing products to be recycable. To do this, one needs the expertise of professionals who do the recycling job. They know the problems they are facing with todays products, know what´s possible with todays technolgy and know what could be done to increase the recyclability in product design phase.Because even a modular product will someday be defect or out-of-date. And within the European Union they must be recycled according to “Directive 2002/96/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 January 2003 on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)”. To dispose electronic waste via domestic waste is forbidden. Producers of electrical and electronic equipment are be responsible for taking back and recycling electrical and electronic equipment within the EU. This could be critical for Project ARA module manufactures! Because ARA modules are tiny and it`s likely that consumers will dispose them via domestic waste!I think it makes sense to partner with the recycling business to discuss such issues. Maybe Project ARA gets a Bonus-System to encourage consumers to dispose old modules only at certified disposal points.One partner could be EARN – European Advanced Recycling Network, located at my hometown Goslar, Germany.EARN ServiceLandstraße 9138644 GoslarGermanyhttp://www.earn-service.eu/index.asp?navcchc=10&hfdnv=1Or the Dutch Partner of EARN:Coolrec BV | HoofdkantoorFlight Forum 240NL-5657 DH Eindhovenhttp://www.coolrec.com/Hope you enjoyed this comment!
This could be one solution, and it might be a step that modularity needs to look at and take. However, if we look beyond recycling, to biodegradability. We’d really like for it if any and all modular initiatives used the research now being done at the University of Bath under the name CLEVER.
In short, they are researching biodegradable materials to be used in consumer electronics.
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