Traditionally, the New York way of dealing with stuff that’s lost its right to be part of our apartments or offices is to put it on the street and wait for it to disappear. Obviously, this process isn’t great for waste that shouldn’t end up in a landfill or can’t be dispersed by the wind – like electronics. However community-based recycling programs are sporadic with collection and lack funding, and commercial disposal for businesses is pricey.

On the bright side: last year New York City decided to be the first US city to introduce a municipal program for e-waste, which will be kicking off next year. To get ready for the new e-waste collection system in NYC, New York based Valiant Technology have launched “Design The 4th Bin”,  a competition aimed at designing the next generation e-waste logo and an e-waste Bin for New York City.

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