Planned obsolescence has worked well for plenty of electronics companies and works well enough for us, too: we like getting new electronic toys as much as anyone. iPad mini announcement today?
It's become a huge environmental problem, however. According to the EPA, over two million tons a year of discarded electronics leach heavy metals into landfills and pose health problems to workers in developing countries where some e-waste is sent for processing.
What began as design competition to create a logo for e-waste recycling, The 4th Bin is now an ongoing service offering pickup of e-waste "for ethical reuse and recycling from local residents and businesses." Yes, New York State passed a law that requires free collection and recycling of e-waste. But read 4th Bin's FAQ to understand why you might well want to use them instead.
You can find a list of things they'll take here. For residences or businesses, schedule a pickup and get a price quote here.
What happens to your stuff? It's either refurbished and resold or, if it can't be used, broken down for recycling of parts. Since February 2010, the company has collected over 1.2 million pounds of e-waste.