Friday, July 18, 2008

E-waste in trash prohibited in California

It is illegal in California to place most consumer electronics, such as computers and televisions, as well as fluorescent bulbs and batteries in the trash.

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New state rules that took effect Thursday require that residents no longer dispose of printers, videocassette recorders, microwave ovens, fluorescent lighting, glass thermometers and old thermostats in the trash, the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News reported Friday.

Residents must dispose of so-called e-waste at a household hazardous waste collection center where recyclers can pick up the items, according to solid waste officials.

The measure is to reduce the amount of lead, mercury, copper and other heavy metals that can leach out when electronic devices are crushed in landfills and pollute groundwater, streams and wildlife.

The state Department of Toxic Substances Control said it will rely on voluntary compliance, the Mercury News said.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

25 Tech Toys We Can't Live Without

If not for these shiny, happy inventions -- including the iPod, the PlayStation 2, and TiVo -- the past 25 years would've been a lot less fun. Click the logos for a description...

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Californias Top Enviromental Priority Legislation

SB 1625 (Corbett) Updating California's Bottle and Can Recycling Law
Summary. SB 1625 aims to update California's Bottle and Can Recycling Law by, among other measures, expanding the program to include all plastic bottles.

AB 2640 (Huffman) Compostable Organics Management
Summary. This bill is intended to promote the highest and best use of organic materials in California.

AB 2058 (Levine) Plastic Bag Reduction Benchmarks
Summary. Requires large groceries and pharmacies that distribute free plastic bags to meet phased plastic bag diversion and reduction benchmarks.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Five companies make the GRADE

Market analysis firm IDC (Framingham, Massachusetts) has awarded a new electronic recycling certification to five companies. Dell (Round Rock, Texas), Hewlett-Packard (Palo Alto, California), IBM (Armonk, New York), Intechra (Jackson, Mississippi) and Redemtech (Columbus, Ohio) are the first companies in the world to receive IDC’s Green Recycling and Asset Disposal for the Enterprise certification, after scoring a 75 percent or higher on a multi-faceted testing system that evaluated companies’ on-site services, logistics, environmental certifications or pledges, landfill or disposal policies, data security practices and other metrics.
"The certification has been in development for four years and it required an understanding of what the market was requiring on the supply side and what was acceptable on the end-user side," explains IDC research manager David Daoud. "Traditionally, there has not been any standard in the industry … no particular body looking at what the requirements ought to be for asset management. Companies have not had a way to report back to their customers on how products are being recycled."
IDC has reviewed 25 companies in all, and hinted that more recipients of the new GRADE certification could be announced in the future. "My suspicion is that we will see more companies become certified, but they will be much smaller companies," says Daoud. Other firms on the list of 25 companies initially reviewed are continuing to consult with IDC over how to make the improvements necessary to achieve certification. Additionally, IDC expects the requirements for the GRADE certification to grow over time.
For more information on IDC and the GRADE certification, attend David Daoud’s presentation at E-Scrap 2008, September 17-18 in Glendale, Arizona.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

News Bits

Rhode Island Governor Donald L. Carcieri has signed Senate Bill 2455, which establishes a landfill and incinerator disposal ban on all devices covered by the manufacturer-responsibility program. The ban will commence December 31, 2008 … The Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (both of Washington) have issued a fact sheet to educate consumers about what to do with their analog televisions in relation to the impending transition to digital broadcast. Some, however, feel the government could be doing more … USA Today (McLean, Virginia) ran a story this week, "Don't recycle 'e-waste' with haste, activists warn," quoting E-Scrap News' executive editor, Kim Holmes, in the process … American Power Conversion (West Kingston, Rhode Island) is partnering with Staples, Inc. (Framingham, Massachusetts) to offer recycling for consumer's uninterruptable power supply systems (UPS). Running July 27 through August 31, the promotion allows consumers to drop-off a UPS system (3,000 volt-amps or under), free of charge, and receive an instant $20 rebate toward the purchase of a new UPS from APC. UPS recycling will be available for $10 per unit after that time … A study recently published in the Geophysical Research Letters (Washington) has found that nitrogen trifluoride, a chemical found in LCD televisions, is a greenhouse gas 17,000-times more potent than carbon dioxide … A survey by Nokia (Espoo, Finland) has found that only three percent of people recycle their mobile phones, even though most have old devices in their home. Of the 6,500 people surveyed, 74 percent said they do not think of recycling their phones, but only four percent said they actually threw their unwanted phones away. Half said that they did not know that mobile phones could be recycled.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Argentina Will Produce Massive Wind Power Turbines

Argentina will produce massive wind power turbines. This country of South America is using some of the biggest generators with de Eolis-15, that has 1,5 megawatts of power and almost 80 meters tall.

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Why San Francisco Is No. 1

A healthy mix of long-term job opportunities, like-minded individuals and impressive salaries makes the City by the Bay best for young professionals.

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Must Read: How Our Bodies Age (And What You Can Do About It)

Aging is the natural wear and tear of the body's component parts. It's inevitable, and endlessly intriguing. While many age-related changes cannot be prevented, a lifestyle that includes exercise and a well-balanced diet will slow or minimize many problems related to aging.

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HVAC boot cleared of Asbestos in Los Angeles