(Reserved tradename of World Reuse, Repair and Recycling Association)
The WR3A is a business consortium of used electronics recycling professionals, in the USA and overseas, who offer truthful solutions for the "e-waste" problems. Our members pledge to reform the export market, treat importers fairly, and eliminate "toxics along for the ride."
Our members use trade to make a difference. Members agree to engage with both the Tech Sector and the working class in emerging markets. We offer discounts on used gear as an incentive for these tinkerers, fixers, geeks and technicians to engage in properly recycling the used gear which is generated (eventually recycled) in these growing markets.
Fair Trade Recycling differs from the so-called "#ewaste" campaigns which ban trade with technicians, recyclers, and reuse businesses in rapidly developing countries. After a decade of trade bans, we know that the situation only got worse in markets which had fewer choices of organizations to trade with.
We support best practices
We restrict worst practices
We provide transparent and true information
We research markets and try new solutions
We defend and champion African, Asian, and Latino Reuse Techicians
We refuse to racially profile, impugn, or exaggerate recycling challenges
The truth about trade in secondary materials between 7 billion people is far more interesting, and more nuanced, than simplified stories based on profiling and fear of globalization. Fair Trade Recycling is part of the "alter-globalization" movement, engaged with recycling in a way that makes a difference in environmentally sustainable growth.