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Report – Exporting the Public’s E-waste to Developing Countries

“The international toxic trade watchdog organization, Basel Action Network (BAN), released a new report today following a two-year study that involved placing electronic GPS tracking devices into old hazardous electronic equipment such as printers, and computer monitors, and then watching where they travelled across the globe.  The report, the first to be released from the… Continue Reading

Report – In Developing World, A Push to Bring E-Waste Out of Shadows

Mike Ives: “For decades, hazardous electronic waste from around the world has been processed in unsafe backyard recycling operations in Asia and Africa. Now, a small but growing movement is seeking to provide these informal collectors with incentives to sell e-waste to advanced recycling facilities…Researchers say printed circuit boards, which often contain gold and other valuable… Continue Reading

The Expanding Global Impact of Cellphone E-Waste

New York Times – The Afterlife of Cellphones: “Americans threw out just shy of three million tons of household electronics in 2006. This so-called e-waste is the fastest-growing part of the municipal waste stream and, depending on your outlook, either an enormous problem or a bonanza. E-waste generally contains substances that, though safely sequestered during… Continue Reading

Executive Director of UN Environment Programme Highlights Growing Problem of E-Waste

Basel Conference Addresses Electronic Wastes Challenge: “Some 20 to 50 million metric tonnes of e-waste are generated worldwide every year, comprising more than 5% of all municipal solid waste. When the millions of computers purchased around the world every year (183 million in 2004) become obsolete they leave behind lead, cadmium, mercury and other hazardous… Continue Reading

Recycling of E-Waste Continues to Lag

Follow-up to previous postings on e-waste, see this New York Times article, Clearing a path from desktop to the recycler, by Paul Vitello. “The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that people threw away 2.5 million tons of electronic equipment, known as e-waste, last year, about 10 percent of which was recycled.” Continue Reading

Programs for Recycling of E-Waste Still Lacking on Federal and State Levels

Following up on previous postings on e-waste, this USA Today article highlights the costs and consequences of manufacturer and consumer resistance to recycling gadgets. The toxic components of all sorts of discarded gadgets, such as PCs, TVs, PDAs and cell phones, result in millions of pounds of unrecycled waste each year. Continue Reading

Maine First With E-Waste Recycling Law

Press release, National Resources Council of Maine: Maine’s First-In-The-Nation Law Requiring Manufacturers to Pay to Recycle Electronic Waste Goes Into Effect “Today Maine launched the first manufacturer-funded program in the nation designed to capture hazardous electronic waste for safe disposal and recycling. Under the law enacted in 2004, beginning January 18, municipalities will send waste… Continue Reading

GAO Report on E-Waste Encourages Recycling

Electronic Waste: Strengthening the Role of the Federal Government in Encouraging Recycling and Reuse. GAO-06-47, November 10, 2005. Highlights “Available estimates suggest that over 100 million computers, monitors, and televisions become obsolete each year, and this number is growing. If improperly managed, these used electronics can harm the environment and human health. Available data suggest… Continue Reading

Industry Launches Initiative to Address E-Waste

Learn how to safely dispose of, donate, sell or reuse PCs and tech gadgets, from this new website, the Rethink Initiative, co-sponsored by eBay, Intel and other industry leaders. Related Resources: From the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition survey, “…only 15 percent of Americans are aware that electronic items can be recycled,” and from Gartner research… Continue Reading

Coal Waste in America

Sierra Club – Dumping Toxic Waste: “Every year, the nation’s coal plants produce 140 million tons of coal ash pollution, the toxic by-product that is left over after the coal is burned. All that ash has to go somewhere, so it’s dumped in the backyards of power plants across the nation—into open-air pits and precarious… Continue Reading

Big Data, Dumpster Diving and the New Ethics of Waste Management

New York Times: “Rubicon, based in Atlanta, isn’t in the business of hauling waste. It doesn’t own a single truck or landfill. Rather, companies hire it as a kind of waste consultant. It begins by holding an online bidding process for its clients’ waste contracts, fostering competition among waste management businesses and bringing down their… Continue Reading