Today's appliances -- like many consumer products -- are built to break. It is not a matter of consumers mistreating their products. It is designed to maximize corporate profits. This is a concept called "planned obsolescence."
Years ago, Americans used to know how to make things that would last. We seem to have forgotten that skill and for decades now have adopted the practice of just buying something new from halfway around the planet and throwing the old into the landfill.
In the 1960s, Electrolux began selling its vacuum cleaners in the UK under the slogan, 'Nothing Sucks.. Like an Electrolux.' At the time, the slogan was considered inappropriate for the American market. Time to reconsider?
Why should taxpayers pay to safely recycle every toxic, poorly designed, short-lived piece of electronic gadgetry that comes through the system? It's time we hold manufacturers responsible for their product design decisions.