Recycling not a panacea
Here in South Aus we have an organization that provides e-waste recycling bins at everybody's favorite DIY store. I used to know the man who ran it, nice chap, he was all about the re-use side of things. And that's the thing, for every device that gets "recycled" we only reclaim the smallest amount of useful material, especially when it comes to the rarer metals. It's far better in the long run to squeeze every last drop of useful life out of our electronics before committing them to the grave. I also got some stonking good bargains this way back in the day. Dual socket Xeon workstations that are only 3 years old for scrap value, anyone?
Of course, my mate doesn't run that business anymore, and now all the bins have signs that say "DO NOT TAKE ITEMS" on them. Shame. I suppose protecting the few cents worth of scrap value is more important than actually enabling people to make a positive change to the environment.