DVD players are considered old technology already in our fast paced world today. History has shown us what happens to old technology, and for DVD players, the same outcome is predictable. What can we do as responsible citizens of the world to help out in the reduction of our e-waste footprint?
Let me tell you a story. In ages past… there were only cassette tapes to record music. Then came the CDs which was considered the breakthrough in technology during the 90s. Do you know what ever happened to those cassette tapes that almost all houses had? They ended up in cassette tape hell is where they went… (That means incinerators or landfills by the way) They are now just categorized as an electronic waste.
DVD players are still widely used today though, but recently, the Blurays and HDDVDs have been trying their best to replace them again, which may mean that we may have to say goodbye to our old friend here. Even if you do not want to change, you will eventually be forced to due to the lack of DVDs that will show up in the market. Remember the PlayStation 1? The PS1 used CDs as their method of playing games. Today, no more CD games are being made for that console, so we are forced to either throw it away, donate it, or keep it for “old times sake”. me appliances ramamurthy nagar
At the rate that technology is evolving, more and more electronics, gadgets and other household electronics will become obsolete. Our government and society are doing the best they can to help regulate and improve the way we dispose of our “latest” eWaste.
Some would say we might have “excessive” consumerist tendencies, and the companies more manufacturers that are producing these electronics are directly responsible for the generation of these “wastes”. Some companies though are accepting a trade-in discount, where you give your old product in exchange for a discount for the new model. Nike does this for the shoe industry and Nokia for the cellphone industry. Now who would do this for our beloved DVD players when they eventually grow past their age? It’s a pity that nothing more can be done for other electronic wastes.
Not totally hopeless, we have been seeing more recycling companies improve the way they manage eWaste and improve the process of recycling and disposal. All is not lost, each of us would need to put in our own share of being environmentally responsible with regard to disposing our eWaste.