Archive for March, 2012

Texas-Sized FAIL on e-Waste

Texas-Sized FAIL on e-Waste

Friday, March 30, 2012 Comments Off

Austin, TX – Recycling advocates released two new reports which they say both demonstrate how little progress Texas has made in its effort to ramp up recycling programs for toxic electronic waste. They also expressed disappointment in the final rules adopted by the state environmental agency (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, or TCEQ) for the [...]

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E-Waste + Developing Countries = Neurological Risk

E-Waste + Developing Countries = Neurological Risk

Monday, March 26, 2012 Comments Off

From Mindhacks: The Lancet has an extensive news piece on how the recycling of old electronics in developing countries may be a serious neurological risk owing to the high levels of neurotoxic chemicals in modern electronics. “The recycling of e-waste is big business in developing countries”, explains Javier Carod-Artal (Virgen de la Luz Hospital, Cuenca, Spain). “But many [...]

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New Study: Plastics in E-Waste Contain Heavy Metals, Too

New Study: Plastics in E-Waste Contain Heavy Metals, Too

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Comments Off

From Earth Techling, by Kristy Hessman. As the amount of electronic waste grows worldwide, more attention is being place on potentially hazardous materials that lurk in the cast-off electronics. Researchers from Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) were recently honored for work that offered new insight for recyclers into which products contain hazardous materials, where and in [...]

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Rare Earth Metal Driving Japan’s e-Cycling Politics

Rare Earth Metal Driving Japan’s e-Cycling Politics

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 Comments Off

My previous post REPORT: E-CYCLING IN JAPAN (PART 1) reported that the national recycling law, while making measurable progress in advancing responsible recycling of electronics in Japan, are in the midst of a battle against illegitimate recycling businesses. In the past few years, Japanese government began increasing its effort to win this battle.  As I [...]

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Provide Input on the Draft e-Stewards Standard

Provide Input on the Draft e-Stewards Standard

Monday, March 12, 2012 Comments Off

The public is invited to provide written input on the Final Draft e-Stewards® Standard for Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment©. Draft e-Stewards Standard must be submitted by March 27th, 2012, Midnight US Pacific Standard Time. For more information, click here.

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e-Stewards Standard Subsumes R2 - Why?

e-Stewards Standard Subsumes R2 – Why?

Thursday, March 8, 2012 Comments Off

By Carol Baroudi, published on (re)blog, the blog of e-Stewards Certified Recycler Redemtech. Effective March 1, 2012, certification to become an e-Stewards recycler will automatically qualify a recycler as R2 as well. Since the roll-out of the e-Stewards certification in 2010, detailed side-by-side comparisons have obfuscated the fundamental differences in the e-waste recycling standards. Hopefully [...]

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Navy 'Sinkex' Raises Pollution Fear

Navy ‘Sinkex’ Raises Pollution Fear

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 Comments Off

From Fox News, published March 03, 2012 by the Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO– In 2005, the USS America aircraft carrier was towed out to sea on her final voyage. Hundreds of miles off the Atlantic coast, U.S. Navy personnel then blasted the 40-year-old warship with missiles and bombs until it sank. The massive Kitty-Hawk class [...]

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GSA Announces New e-Waste Policy for Fed

GSA Announces New e-Waste Policy for Fed

Monday, March 5, 2012 Comments Off

At eForce Recycling, a proud e-Stewards Certified Recycler, U.S. General Services Administrator Martha Johnson announced new guidelines banning all federal agencies from disposing of electronic waste in landfills. Instead, federal agencies ill send end-of-life electronics to third-party certified e-waste recyclers, such as e-Stewards Recyclers. Read more.

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