As of publishing, 20 million planets have put a ban on throwing away electronics. Items that can’t be reused in their current state are wrapped up with all the other recyclable items and shipped to the Junk Planet Basherbin III for sorting and salvaging.
When you land, you’ll notice that most of the site is threaded by muddy lanes that cross in front of dozens of small sheds holding recycling businesses. Inside, owners, their families and employees manually dismantle everything from old ship drives to office printers. These locals have adapted to breathing the toxic smoke from constant trash fires. It is a miserable and disgusting place, but if you know where to look it can become a profitable source for raw materials and out-dated technology.
Here are six ways you can make money by diving in and recovering these unwanted objects:
- Plastics & Metals: All plastics in computers have flame-retardant materials in them. These can be ground into a fine gravel and melted down for reuse in other technology materials. Sometimes waste may contain recyclable metals and materials that can be reused or sold to re-manufacturers. The most common recyclable metals are steel and aluminum.
- Androids & Smart Objects: Robot-slaves are everywhere because they are cheap to produce, and are so much better. Unfortunately, when a new model is released, many humanoids will just pitch their old one in the trash. Robots are just enhanced toasters, not people. Even with realistic looking faces, expression, voices, etc. if you avoid feelings of empathy you can exploit them for an endless supply of free labor.
- Tchotchke: A tchotchke is a small, decorative object that’s not valuable or precious. When you travel to a strange place, you might buy some tchotchkes to give as gifts to your friends back home. What most rubes don’t realize is a majority of these trinkets are essentially repackaged garbage strung together by child slaves. As a bonus, use old phone books as wrapping paper.
- Not Trash: Offices, factories, department stores, and other commercial establishments may equally throw out non-perishable items that are irregular, were returned, have minor damages, or are replaced by newer inventory. Many items tend to be in such a state of disrepair or cosmetically flawed that they will require some work to make the items functionally usable.
- Foraged Food: Chefs around the galaxy are using foraged ingredients to add exciting, fresh and eco-friendly flavors to their menus. Ultimately, these foraging chefs bring diners unique experiences closer to nature. This is where you come in. Don’t eat what you find without reprocessing it. Food can come into contact with chemicals and fecal matter, which can penetrate and infect open skin. Gather anything that looks like a vegan would eat it, rinse it off and resell it to your favorite 5-star eatery.
- Identities: Lots of humanoids don’t erase their personal information from data cores before discarding their old devices for the newest, shiniest things. If they haven’t passcode protected their old device or it was still unlocked, you now have access to their entire life. This is discouraged by most law enforcement agencies, but it can be quite lucrative.
Remember, electronics and other junk contain so much energy and toxic materials that it’s imperative to use proper protective equipment. Dumpster planet diving poses many potential health risks. These include possible cuts from nails, knives, glass and other sharp objects that can end up in the garbage. There is also a possibility of becoming ill from superbacteria, poisonous chemicals, and pesticides. So stay safe, and make that money.