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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Room for Improvement in e-Waste Recycling

The report finds that over the next decade there will be a significant increase in e-waste created by and sent to developing countries, rising 500 percent in India and increasing between 200 to 400 percent in South Africa and China. Despite these numbers, recyclers in North America continue to beef up their services and grow their recycling rates.

The 120-page report, “Recycling — From E-Waste To Resources” (PDF), indicates that current e-waste in the European Union amounts to 8.3 to 9.1 million tons annually, with global rates around 40 million tons per year.

By properly handling e-waste, developing countries can prevent environmental damage as well as recover valuable resources such as metals. The report segments the recycling chain into three steps — collection, sorting/dismantling and preprocessing (including sorting, dismantling and mechanical treatment) and end processing — and provides recommendations for all three areas.

The report also evaluates the potential introduction of new recycling technologies into 11 developing countries including Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, Peru, India, China, South Africa, Morocco, Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil. read more;

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

New Laws about eWaste

I am not sure I have ever heard the word “e-waste” before. It conjurs up visions in my mind of what Rosie, the robot maid on the Jetson’s might expel, or perhaps, all of the outtakes from my various photo shoots. You know, the accidental shots of the floor, that might qualify as “art” in some circles.

We all knew that when we went digital, we were improving the environment. No chemicals, no film made of gelatin (which is made from cows). But it turns out we still have an environmental challenge. When your computer becomes out of date every 3 years, what to do with the old ones?

A law went into effect today in Texas that requires computer manufacturers to accept and recycle old computers that are of their own brand. “The law requires manufacturers offering to sell new computer equipment in or into Texas to provide a program for collecting and recycling of consumers’ used computer equipment.”

A quick look to Apple shows that they will accept any brand for recycling IF you buy a new Mac. But their website doesn’t mention anything about accepting old Apples.

According to the Texas law, they will have to adapt their policy and begin accepting old Macs (in Texas).

More specifically,

Manufacturers are only required to collect and recycle computer equipment purchased by individuals primarily for personal or home-business use.
Manufacturers are only required to collect and recycle their own brands of computer equipment, not brands owned by other manufacturers.
Aaah, so for the lawyer in all of us, what “is” a computer?

According to the laws, it includes:

a monitor,
a desktop computer or laptop, and
an accompanying keyboard and mouse made by the same manufacturer.
Noticeably absent- cameras and all the computer chips in them.

Also, don’t forget to wipe your computer clean- I mean really clean. A famous basketball player that I photographed told me a story about how he traded in his old computer, and someone called him with the news that all of his personal data was still on the used computer that they bought. Nice that they were honest. I don’t expect all people will be so lucky.

Happy Recycling.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Get Schooled

You may be paying up to $10 in extra fees when you purchase a TV or monitor to cover the costs of recycling. If you're already paying to recycle them, are you taking advantage of free disposal options? Find locations to recycle electronics using
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Want the ultimate tip on reuse? Keep your library card current and use it for your literary needs. This will cut down on paper use as well as book disposal.
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Composting is an easy way to reduce your waste while producing nutrient rich soil for the garden. Learn more about the tools and materials you need to get started at's Composting page.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Get Schooled

We go through 380 billion plastic bags a year and only five percent are recycled. Recycling plastic bags produces lumber that can be used to build patios and frames, so find out what types are recyclable and where/how to recycle plastic bags near you.
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Ask your favorite bar or restaurant whether it recycles bottles and cans at the end of the night. Businesses can recycle containers just like residents, and knowing this is the first step. Aluminum and glass containers can be recycled infinitely with no loss of purity.
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Being more eco-friendly is as simple as counting to eight. Check out's Green Eight archive, guides that provide eight simple ways to green many areas of your life.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Computers are becoming as ubiquitous as televisions in American homes. But as newer, faster and cheaper computers are churned out, where do the obsolete systems go?

A new study by the National Safety Council's (NSC) Environmental Health Center, Washington, D.C., confirms what many have suspected - that relatively few old personal computers (PCs) are being recycled. Instead, most are stored in warehouses, basements or closets, or have met their end in municipal landfills or incinerators.

According to the NSC's Electronic Product Recovery and Recycling Baseline Report, "Recycling of Selected Electronic Products in the United States," approximately 20.6 million personal computers became obsolete in the United States by 1998, while only 11 percent - about 2.3 million units - have been recycled. (This only includes PCs shipped in 1992 or later. It does not include older PCs already disposed of or those in storage or in use.)

Compared to the 36.7 million PCs shipped from manufacturers in 1998, the percentage of PCs recycled dwindles to about 6 percent. In contrast, for major appliances, including washing machines, water heaters, air conditioners, refrigerators, dryers, dishwashers, ranges and freezers, the ratio of units recycled to units shipped was about 70 percent in 1998.
The study, conducted by Stanford Resources Inc., San Jose, Calif., notes sales and recycling information for eight equipment categories:
* Desktop PC central processing units (CPUs);
* Mainframe computer CPUs;
* Workstation computer CPUs;
* Laptop computers;
* Cathode ray tube (CRT) computer monitors;
* Computer peripherals, for example, printers, plotters and scanners;
* Telecommunications equipment (routers and switches); and
* CRT consumer television sets.

A total of 123 firms were surveyed, including recyclers, third-party organizations that refurbish equipment, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and large corporate users of electronic equipment. As for electronics recycling's future, the report forecasts:

* In 2002, the number of desktop PC CPUs reaching obsolescence will, for the first time, exceed the number of desktop PC CPUs shipped by approximately 3.4 million.
* The cumulative total of PC CPUs that will have become obsolete between 1997 and 2007 will be nearly 500 million.

* Federal government donations of used PCs to schools have met with limited success because of complex federal requirements that apply to the transfer of equipment ownership.
* And, growth in desktop PC CPU recycling will be significant as more units in storage are sent to recyclers and as household penetration of PCs (currently about 50 percent) continues to rise.
NSC hopes these forecasts and recycling rates will be useful in strategic planning and policy decisions at federal, state and local levels, as well as help nonprofit organizations join with manufacturers or government agencies to promote recycling.

The report resulted from a NSC Electronic Product Recovery and Recycling Roundtable - an organization founded in 1997 comprised of representatives from electronic equipment manufacturers, recyclers, academic institutions, and federal, state and local government agencies concerned about the increasing volume of obsolete electronic equipment. The group's mission is to promote environmentally and economically responsible management of electronic products throughout their life cycle.

Hewlett-Packard and IBM, both Roundtable member, are examples of how manufacturers can boost recycling rates. Each month at product recovery centers in France, Germany and California, Hewlett-Packard reuses or recycles more than 3.5 million pounds or 99 percent by weight of materials received from its customers and company operations.
Likewise, IBM operates 10 materials recovery centers around the world, with additional locations supporting part returns and regional collection. In 1997, these operations processed more than 62,000 metric tons of manufacturing scrap equipment, obsolete IBM-owned machines and customer-returned equipment. More than 90 percent was recycled and less than 5 percent was sent to landfills.

Although some firms process an impressive amount of equipment, the NSC report found electronics recycling is in its formative stages and requires more infrastructure development to collect and process the volumes of obsolete equipment.

According to the report, equipment manufacturers will take a more aggressive approach to product stewardship in the future in response to customers' needs and other market forces. The volume of obsolete equipment also will continue to grow along with the rapid pace of technological change, emphasizing the need for more recycling. Overall, the report concludes that an efficient, workable electronics recycling system will depend on partnerships and collaborations among manufacturers, transportation providers, recyclers and third-party organizations.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Steve Jobs

Jobs Airs Apple's Plans in Macworld Keynote

By Paul HartsockMacNewsWorld Part of the ECT News Network 01/15/08 8:05 AM PT
As Macworld 2008 got under way, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced an iTunes movie rental store, as expected. The rollout will take time, though. Apple plans to have 1,000 movies available for rental by February, but studios insisted that titles may not appear in iTunes until 30 days after they're released on DVD.
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As throngs of Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) devotees crowded the Moscone Center in San Francisco and even more remained waiting in line outside, Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the stage to tell a packed room about the computer maker's plans for following up what was a tremendous year for the company.
2008 will usher in an ultra-portable MacBook, which the company has dubbed the "MacBook Air."
Its 13.3-inch display -- the same size as the display on a standard MacBook -- doesn't stand out as considerably tiny, though that configuration allows it to have a full-sized keyboard, according to Jobs.

Light on Toxins

Apple apparently concentrated instead on a slim device profile: It weighs just 3 lbs. and measures .76 inches at its widest and .16 inches at its thinnest. One model uses the same 1.8-inch hard drive as the iPod classic; another more costly model is available with 64 GB of flash memory. The track pad supports some of the same multi-touch capabilities touted by the iPhone. The device, Jobs said, ships in two weeks and starts at US$1,799.
Jobs also talked up the MacBook Air's environmental friendliness, noting that the display is free of mercury and arsenic.
Also on Apple's list of new hardware is Time Capsule, a complement to the Time Machine data backup feature found in OS X Leopard. Time Capsule is a wireless hard drive available in 1 TB and 500 GB configurations that can be accessed and updated wirelessly. It doubles as an 802.11 WiFi base station.
The 500 GB version sells for $299, while the 1 TB model goes for $499. Both ship in February.
Movie and TV Moves
Apple's media delivery strategy entails a push into new outlets. At the keynote, Jobs announced an iTunes movie rental store, as expected.
However, the number of studios involved in the deal extended well beyond most rumors. Jobs claimed every major studio has signed on to some degree -- including MGM, Lion's Gate, Sony and even Universal. As reported earlier, 20th Century Fox is also on board. Movies rented through the service can be ported to iPods and iPhones.
The rollout will take time -- Apple plans to have 1,000 movies available for rental by February, but studios insisted that titles may not appear in iTunes until 30 days after they're released on DVD.
Apple TV also received a significant refresh through a software update that will apparently allow owners to use the device without a Mac or PC. Content can be browsed and selected using a Cover Flow interface directly through the television. Apple TV also cut the price to $229.
iPhone Bones
As for the iPhone, Jobs started by claiming it has captured a 19.5 percent share of the smartphone market, second only to Research In Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM) . In 200 days, he said, 4 million iPhones have been sold.
A new iPhone is not in the cards for Macworld, but Apple has thrown existing users a few bones by way of software.
New software available for the devices includes a maps feature, developed in conjunction with Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and Skyhook, that indicates the user's approximate location. The offering is similar to a Google Maps feature that's been available for users of other smartphones since 2007.
iPhone users may now customize their home screens to display images other than the standard multi-button interface that comes with each new iPhone.
New applications are in the works for the WiFi-enabled iPod touch, including mail, maps, stocks, notes and weather applications. The software will come included in every new touch sold; however, current owners of the devices will have to pay $20 for it.
All new updates, Jobs said, are available immediately through iTunes.
A Little Less Wow
"The usual wow," summarized attendant Dan Sokol. "That Air notebook, I've got to get inside. The backup device, not so wow. A little expensive and not enough hard drive for me. For other people, I'm sure it will be fine," he told MacNewsWorld.
"There were a couple of good surprises. The rental movies -- we'll see how that goes."
Sokol thinks the amount of time one can keep a movie once it's started viewing, however, should be longer -- a weekend, perhaps.
However, he noted, this year's keynote did not quite live up to 2007's. "You can't follow an act like this one," he remarked, holding up his iPhone.

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