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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Take Action List

Used electronic devices, known as e-waste, are increasingly becoming a larger part of our waste. Fortunately, there are a number of options available to those who want to recycle their old electronic items.

To address the increasing amount of e-waste, many state and local governments, electronics manufacturers, and non-profit organizations have created comprehensive recycling programs. Several states, including California, Maine, Maryland, Texas and Washington, have even enacted laws requiring the collection of certain electronics.

E-waste recycling options vary across the country. So, the first step to determine what options are available in your area is to review information about your local recycling program. This information is available on Earth 911 (using the recycling locator database at the top of this page), some local government websites and the following websites:

E.P.A. Product Stewartship
National Recycling Coalition
E Recycling Central (includes a list of questions to ask recyclers)
Basel Action Network
Computer Take Back Campaign

In addition to “traditional” recycling programs, some electronics manufacturers and retailers also offer e-waste recycling. Many manufacturer-sponsored programs will accept and process their brand for free. Some accept other brands for a small fee.

After determining what options are available, it is important to determine whether a recycler is operating under strict environmental controls and high worker safety protections. A few general questions to ask include:

Is the recycler certified (such as an ISO 14001 environmental management certification) and does it follow a set of industry recognized guidelines?

Does the recycler actually recycle most of the e-waste materials collected (It is best if the company can recycle 90 percent or more of the materials)?

Does the recycler have written procedures for removing and disposing of mercury lamps in electronic products? Many manufacturer and government sponsored programs have extensive online information detailing the way in which recycling is handled.

In addition to choosing a recycler, it is also important to prepare your e-waste for recycling. For computer recycling, one important concern is to erase all data from the computer before sending it off for recycling.

However, this should be a factor regardless of what one does with an old computer because electronic data can be retrieved from hard drives. There are many options (such as software) to ensure that the data is permanently erased.

In fact, many recycling firms will scrub the hard drive and certify that all data has been erased. Before sending your computer to a recycler, check to verify that this option is available.
Manufacturer Specific Programs

Toshiba Trade-In and Recycling Program
Lenovo/IBM (will also accept other e-waste of other computer manufacturers)

Retailer Programs

Circuit City (Easy-trade in program)
Best Buy
Staples (accepts computers, monitors, laptops, and desktop printers, faxes and all-in-ones)
EPA Plug-In Partners (lists manufacturers, retailers and service providers that offer recycling of e-waste)


EPA–lists options for donating or recycling e-waste
Techsoup–lists non-profit organizations and recyclers of e-waste
Goodwill (some locations accept computers)–website includes tips on how to donate computers

Cell Phone Recycling/Donation

Motorola (accepts all brands for free)
Nokia (accepts all brands for free)
Call to Recycle
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (donation of cell phones)
Call to Protect
Verizon Wireless (accepts phones at Verizon stores)
AT&T Wireless (accepts phones at AT&T stores)
T-Mobile Wireless (accepts phones in stores and by mail)
Sprint Wireless (accepts phones in stores and by mail; recycling proceeds go to charity)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

New Laws

THE NEW YEAR HAS BROUGHT a new round of e-waste legislation, and Washington might be the next state to adopt a bill addressing the handling of used electronic products. While several bills have been introduced, Senate Bill 6428 and its companion legislation House Bill 2662 have garnered the most sponsors. The bills are similar to the e-waste law that recently took effect in Maine, in that they would hold manufacturers responsible for financing the collecting, transferring and recycling of e-waste.

Under the bills, beginning in January 2009, manufacturers would have the option to either enroll in a state e-recycling system set up and controlled by the yet-to-be-established Washington Materials Management and Financing Authority or participate in an independent plan created by a manufacturer or group of manufacturers, subject to approval by the state Department of Ecology (DOE). If the authority decides on a per unit recycling fee to fund the state system, charges would be limited to $10 per device, a cost that potentially could be passed on to the consumer in the form of higher product pricing.

The Senate Bill Report cites supporters' arguments that the California law requiring customers to pay $6 to $10 per electronic product to reimburse recyclers and collectors has “angered consumers, unfairly prompting a backlash against retailers.” Meanwhile, opponents have responded that manufacturers “are not equipped to design electronic waste collection and recycling systems. Some manufacturers will be competitively disadvantaged,” the report says.
Among others, officials from RadioShack, Hewlett Packard, the Washington Retail Association and Amazon have testified in favor of the bill. Representatives from Panasonic, Sony Electronics and Sharp Electronics have offered opposing testimony.

The bills were prompted by a DOE report released in December 2005 that argues for an e-waste recycling system financed by manufacturers. The DOE estimated that between 2003 and 2010, more than 4.5 million computer processing units, 3.5 million cathode ray tube monitors and 1.5 million flat panel monitors in the state will become obsolete.
As states continue to propose and adopt e-waste legislation, some stakeholders remain focused on national standards. In January, for instance, the Davisville, W.V.-based National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER) and the Arlington, Va.-based Consumer Electronics Association formed the National Electronics Recycling Infrastructure Clearinghouse (NERIC) with the stated purpose of helping develop a “national infrastructure for electronics recycling.”
“This initiative encompasses many of the important principles embraced by the NCER since its formation last year, which are active participation of the electronics industry, research and education on the benefits of multi-state harmonization of recycling systems, and cooperative action among public and private sector stakeholder groups,” said NCER executive director Jason Linnell in a press release.

NERIC's first projects will be to provide relevant information, such as projected collection rates and collection infrastructure models, to stakeholders and to research the viability of a private sector, third-party organization administering any national system, as opposed to a new government bureaucracy.

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