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Amazon, Best Buy and the free rider problem

August 13th, 2015

“This means, to put it bluntly, that Best Buy is collecting trash generated by Amazon, Walmart and other competitors.”

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Feds correct problems created by Executive Order on electronics purchasing

June 11th, 2015

The White House clarified that even though it removed the EPEAT mandate, EPEAT is the only label that meets its requirements.

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What’s Going On with Electronic Waste?

May 28th, 2015

“Standards and testing on materials should be done before these products hit the market,” said Kyle. “The government should not be relying on the people working for the recyclers and waste management to act as their canary in the mine shaft.”

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Is There a Business Case for Product Take-Back?

May 6th, 2015

May 5, 2015, Triple Pundit: “A lot of the new consumer electronics like tablets and smartphones are made in such a way that they are not economically recyclable. It costs more to take them apart to remove the battery than you can earn in commodities from recycling.”

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Is the Obama administration lowering the bar on green electronics?

April 28th, 2015

The Guardian Sustainable Business: “A new government-issued executive order has weakened a federal ratings system aimed at greening America’s electronics industry, environmentalists say. Is the US moving backward on green purchasing?”

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US government ‘abandoning’ green electronics rating system

April 14th, 2015
By Leigh Stringer, Chemical Watch

A new presidential Executive Order on US federal sustainability efforts could mean that a tool that allows purchasers to identify electronics products that meet standards on hazardous substances is abandoned by the federal government, two NGOs claim.

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New Executive Order is the Grim Reaper for EPEAT

April 6th, 2015

The Order contains some seemingly harmless legal jargon, that if left unchanged, will result in the death of the federal EPEAT program for purchasing greener electronics.

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E-waste broker caught making illegal exports of CRTs to Hong Kong and China

March 19th, 2015

March 19, 2015. This is the reason why research on e-waste exports that is based on official export records is very unreliable, and grossly understates the amount of e-waste being exported. Smugglers are not going to say they are exporting CRTs. …they lie about the contents, and say it’s plastic or scrap metal.

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NGOs from around the globe deliver “Challenge” to electronics industry on toxic chemicals

March 16th, 2015

March 16, 2015: NGO’s today delivered a formal challenge to the electronics industry to take action to stop the harm to workers and communities caused by hazardous chemicals used to manufacture electronic products.

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