Fair Trade Recycling is the reserved tradename of the World Reuse, Repair and Recycling Association (WR3A). Our members are either interested in, or actively engaged in, the export of used electronics, sometimes referred to (unkindly) as "e-waste".
Our members assist each other with better quality control and formal, safe, environmentally sound recycling practices. We have been called the "Anti-Defamation League" for overseas recyclers who have been accused of "primitive" environmental practices.
While the export business is not perfect, it is not going to be improved through a boycott or ban on trade. Instead, proper recycling overseas can actually be FINANCED by fairly traded used electronics. For example, we offer members in emerging markets a discount on working items they wish to purchase when they take back and properly recycle their own nations waste and scrap.
We are based in Middlebury, Vermont, with paying members in several other states and countries. Our most active projects have been in Mexico, Malaysia, Peru, Indonesia and Egypt. Our Board Members (paid memberships) and Advisory Board Members (honorary members) are located in North Carolina, Illinois, Washington, Louisiana, California, Texas, Arizona, Mexico, Holland, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Peru, and France.
We are actively seeking to place interns from North America, Europe, and Asia into "coordinator" positions with our members in Africa, South America, and Asia. Coordinators may visit or correspond with buyers (importers) of used electronics, helping to translate, deliver messages, and ensure that the trade between rich and poor goes off without misrepresentation, exploitation, or environmental damage.
If you are a student at a college or university with "surplus property", please consider joining us.