Saturday, February 16, 2008
The focal point of the campaign is an eBay-run Web site (www.ebay.com/rethink) that educates consumers about e-waste. Consumers can use the site to find an e-recycler located near them and to review a checklist of questions to consider when selecting a recycler.
To prepare computers for recycling, the site provides a program that erases hard-drive data.
The Rethink Initiative also encourages consumers to resell their unwanted electronic devices or donate them to a charity. The program's Web site contains information on how to do both.
The initiative comes at a time when Americans are disposing of electronic devices in significant quantities. While unused electronic devices are often left in garages, closets or storage rooms, roughly 2 million tons of e-waste makes its way into landfills each year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington. Electronic devices often contain toxic substances such as lead and mercury, and environmental groups argue that it is dangerous to place them in landfills. Some states, such as California and Maine, have banned cathode ray tubes from landfills.
Chaz Miller, state programs director for the Washington-based Environmental Industry Associations, says there is no evidence that toxic substances leach from e-waste when placed in landfills. Still, he applauds the Rethink Initiative, calling it a “creative attempt” to remove electronics from the waste stream. “It's a great idea,” he says. “Let's see how it works.”
Other members of the Rethink Initiative are Intel Corp., Santa Clara, Calif.; Apple, Cupertino, Calif.; Gateway, Irvine, Calif.; Hewlett-Packard Co. Palo Alto, Calif.; and IBM Corp., White Plains, N.Y. The EPA is a participant as well. A complete list of the members also is available on the project's Web site.
The Rethink Initiative launch is not the only e-recycling news to emerge in recent weeks. The EPA's Plug In to eCycling Program has announced the results of four pilot projects held last year to test the viability of collecting used electronics in retail settings. The EPA provided technical services for the pilots.
In one month-long test, 115,000 pounds of used electronics were collected for recycling by Staples stores throughout New England. Another month-long pilot in the Pacific Northwest captured 197,000 pounds of televisions at Good Guys electronic stores. In a series of day-long collection events in Minnesota and Wisconsin held last summer and fall, 357,500 pounds of electronics were collected, primarily at Best Buy and Target stores. In the fourth project, Office Depot and Hewlett-Packard operated a more-than-two-month program that gathered more than 10.5 million pounds of electronics at Office Depots nationwide.
“The programs were successful,” says Dave Deegan, EPA spokesman. The agency is evaluating the pilot results to help outline future projects, he says.
The EPA also recently awarded eight contracts to small businesses to provide e-recycling and disposal services for federal agencies and buildings throughout the nation. Traditionally, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has handled the disposition of used federal electronics, says Oliver Voss, a service center manager for the EPA's Office of Acquisition Management.
Agencies will still be able to use GSA to get rid of old equipment. However, unlike the GSA, the EPA's contracted firms will provide an audit trail to show where the equipment ends up, Voss says.
Friday, February 15, 2008
The local Sheriff's Office is not releasing details on the cargo, or the company that owns it … The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Washington) revised specifications for televisions under its Energy Star efficiency labeling program.
The Version 3.0 Energy Star TV products specification labeled televisions will be up to 30-percent more efficient than standard televisions, and will save energy while both on or off …
The EPA is also holding an EPEAT scoping meeting on April 21st to develop environmental standards for televisions. More information is available online …
The National Center for Electronics Recycling (Davisville, West Virginia) has released updated analysis of Maine's electronics law for the first half of 2007, with orphan brands making up 4.5-percent of total returns.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
THE SUBJECT OF BIODIESEL AND LOWER SULFER REGS WERE BEING TALKED ABOUT FOR SEVERAL YEARS. A FEW YEARS AGO WE PURCHASED A NEW DIESEL GENERATOR FOR OUR PLANT. BEFORE IT WAS PURCHASED, THE QUESTION WAS ASKED IF THIS GEN WOULD RUN ON THE LOW SULFER DIESEL BEING REQUIRED OR THE BIODIESEL BEING PROPOSED.
THE ENGINEER SAID IT WOULD, BUT THE OFFROAD ENGINES WOULDN’T HAVE TO RUN ON IT. AS OF DEC, 2007 OFFROAD DIESELS MUST NOW RUN ON THE LOW SULFER HIGHWAY FUEL. A CALL WAS PLACED TO THE MANUFACTURER, AND THEY SAID THE DIESEL WILL RUN FINE ON THE LOW SULFER DIESEL AND UP TO 5% BIODIESEL. ANOTHER TRUCKING OUTFIT SAYS THEY ARE PUTTING AN ADDITIVE IN THEIR TRUCKS THAT CAN’T RUN ON LOW SULFER FUEL.
IF THE REGS GET TO A POINT WHERE THEY FORCE HIGHER BIODIESEL USE, WILL THERE BE AN ADDITIVE TO ALLOW THE OFFROAD DIESELS TO RUN, OR WOULD THEY HAVE TO RETROFITTED , AND WHAT WOULD THAT BE?
It is always the best approach to speak to the manufacturer of the equipment if using fuels that do not comply to the original reccommendations.
Sulfur is a natural lubricant, and reducing the sulfur in fuel can create issue on some older equipment, however if you use a high quality fuel, not the cheapest you can find, it will have suplementary wear additives to compensate for the reduced sulfur.
Bio fuel is another matter all together, and studies are being conducted to establish the effects of using bio fuel with mixed results, however one thing is clear, if using bio fuel ensure it is of a consistant quality, and from a reputable source, as damage from poor fuel can be expensive and irreversible.
Again it is worth checking with the manufacturer of your equipment, but it appears that B5 (5% bio in diesel) can be used on most equipment.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
We have a large storm now brewing up solid and significant swell that will be headed into North Shores of HI later this week and then track its way to the West Coast by the weekend. Even better, with the High pressure in place, that means conditions will be generally pleasant during much of this run of waves.
Make sure to CHECK THE SURFLINE FORECASTS to get all the latest details.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
The 21 Plug-In partners, who include electronic manufacturers and other businesses, were recognized at the annual International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev., on Jan. 7.
The Plug-In program, which was launched in January 2003, aims to promote and increase e-waste recycling efforts and provide businesses and consumers with more take back opportunities.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A Jamaican sugar estate has started harvesting green cane to improve the quality of the crop and cut environmental damage from the old practice of burning fields during harvest, a government statement said Sunday.
Roughly 100 cutters at the government-run Frome Sugar Factory in rural Westmoreland parish are now reaping fresh, green cane instead of the traditional burned cane. Under the old system, farmers burned cut cane lying in the fields to destroy the sugarless leaves and to fertilize the soil with ash.
But there now is increased global demand for green cane, which costs the Sugar Company of Jamaica less energy to process and stays fresher longer. Environmentally, there is no air pollution from burning and less need for chemicals to kill weeds that sprout in the burned fields.
"Within three to four days, the burned cane starts to spoil," said Lucius Jackson, a Westmoreland farmer who provides cane to the factory. "The green cane will last up to six days, and the juice stands up just the same."
The European Union, the chief market for Jamaica' struggling sugar industry, has called for all imports to be derived from green cane by 2010, said Aston Smith, vice president of operations for the Frome plant.
Jamaica's state-owned sugar company has been squeezed by deep cuts in EU subsidies for producers in the Caribbean, Africa and the Pacific and will be privatized later this year after years of amassing debt.
In 2005, the Jamaican government announced a plan to restructure the sugar industry to focus production more on ethanol and molasses. But the majority of Jamaica's cane harvest still is used to produce sugar.
February 6, 2008
It's been a week for the record books. Super Bowl Sunday rolled into Super Tuesday and finally, Big Wednesday. Anticipating a super-sized turnout at the mid-week critical toll road hearing, the California Coastal Commission traded in the usual Oceanside City Council Chamber for a XXL lot at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Good idea. People came out in droves. At the highest point, an estimated 2,500 Save Trestles supporters swarmed in and around the centrally located Wyland Hall, flanked with slogan-riddled t-shirts and rally signs.
"It's great to see," said former world champ Pete Townend, who mingled with the crowd. "These are the real people who recognize San Onfore State Park's true value in their lives, not a bunch of paid sign holders in orange shirts who look like they've never seen the beach."
Townend was referring the significantly smaller showing of road workers who supported the 241-extension.Current WCT Pro CJ Hobgood echoed similar sentiments: "I'm really honored to be a part of the surfing family. Now, just waiting to see if this nuts presence will yield some results."It did. Just after 11pm Pacific Time, after 14 hours of presentations from members of Save Trestles campaign, the TCA, and personal testimonies from public, the Commission voted 8 - 2 against the proposed 241 Toll Road extension, stating its inconsistency with the California Coastal Act.The packed-house erupted in cheers."Huge," said Carlsbad's Taylor Knox after the decision. "This was such a huge victory towards saving something that, once it's taken away from us, can never be put back."
"This was such a huge victory towards saving something that, once it's taken away from us, can never be put back."
--Taylor KnoxSanta Monica's Graham Hamilton drew cheers earlier in the night when he used his public testimony to reject suggestions that the surfers simply want to guard their local territory from inlanders: "My opposition would be just as sharp if it crossed Yosemite or bisected Joshua Tree. The idea of building a toll road through a state park is not only ludicrous, it's lazy."The 16-mile road, if approved, would run through San Onofre, threatening scenic views, endangered species, and a world-class break.Thomas E. Margro, the TCA's chief executive officer, said he will appeal the commission's decision to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.
For now, though, the surf-spot's defenders can breathe a little easier."The war isn't over," wrote longtime Trestles supporter Bob Mignogna in a Thursday morning email to fellow activists. "But clearly, the biggest battle, thus far, has been won."
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Electronic hazardous waste (e-waste) is generated by almost every individual, institution and business. Many types of electronic products used in the workplace and homes contain hazardous substances like lead and mercury. When these products reach the end of their usefulness or become obsolete, they may be considered hazardous waste.
Hazardous waste may not be discarded in the regular trash. It must be sent to a facility that has a permit for treatment (including recycling), storage or disposal. Wastes are hazardous waste when they exhibit one or more of the following characteristics: if they are toxic, ignitable, corrosive or reactive. Many electronic wastes exhibit toxicity characteristics due to the presence of lead.
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Residents may dispose of their E-Waste for FREE at the next Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event.
The City of Moreno Valley and the Riverside County Waste Management Department host Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Events at the City Maintenance Yard located at 15670 Perris Blvd. in Moreno Valley. These Events are held in February, March, June and October and are free to all Riverside County residents. Learn more about hazardous waste collection events...
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