This week is Techweek, an annual talkfest here in New Zealand about the future of technology. But there is something that they are not talking about. I’ll jabber on a bit before making my point.
I like technology. Especially electronics. I have been playing with it and fixing it for a long time. I find it all really interesting.
Unfortunately most technology has a dark side. In the case of e-technology one of the problems is getting the stuff recycled. It is changing at a great rate of knots and so the older stuff gets chucked out. It is not surprising that it is a big part of the rubbish going to the landfill.
There are some interesting things happening in labs around the world that may fix the e-waste problem but that it going to take a while. In the meantime we have to process all of the e-junk in an environmentally friendly way.
So I would like to ask the Techweek organisers why they have not included any items on e-waste in their programme?
Maybe next year?