Other manufacturers haven't been quite as aggressive as Dell, but are working with more and more recycling firms and eating part of the cost. For instance, JVC recently signed a deal with nxtcycle. Spokesperson Terry Shea said that JVC pays nxtcycle for the recycling of any products with the JVC brand name on it (based on price per pound). The participating county then can subtract what the manufacturer pays from its bill. The JVC program is effective only in California at the moment, but nxtcycle also counts Panasonic, Sharp and Sony as recycling underwriters. Other manufacturers have been making gestures as well. According to the National Recycling Coalition, Apple, Best Buy, Compaq, Canon, HP, IBM, Intel, Kodak Nokia and Ricoh have developed recycling initiatives of varying degrees.
Not in My Third-World Nation
At the heart of the recycling debate is the trend of literally dumping the problem on other nations. Electronics that go through the recycling process are picked apart. Workers reclaim what precious materials they can, such as gold, and recycle materials such as plastic and steel.