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E-waste from Dell/Goodwill “Reconnect Program” was exported, despite Dell’s no-export policy

May 9th, 2016

If this is happening to Dell, the company with the highest standards and toughest audits, should we assume that other manufacturer takeback programs’ e-waste is also being exported to developing countries, even if they have a policy forbidding it?

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Best Buy Weakens Electronics Recycling Program

February 1st, 2016

The solution here would be for the manufacturers – particularly the TV companies – to visibly partner with Best Buy to cover some of the recycling costs, and to make sure that responsible recycling occurs.

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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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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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Dell Introduces First Computer Made With Plastics from Recycled Electronics

June 12th, 2014

Dell has announced that later this month they will begin selling their first computer (the OptiPlex 3030 all-in-one) made with plastic recycled from old electronics.

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Samsung Apologizes To Semiconductor Workers Who Contracted Cancer, Promises Compensation

May 27th, 2014

Samsung took an unprecedented step on May 14, and publicly apologized to workers who developed cancers after working at Samsung semiconductor plants. Some of the workers have died from leukemia.

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America Recycles. But Not Rayovac.

November 14th, 2013

The major four battery makers were all set to begin a national recycling program for single-use batteries until Rayovac backed out. Energizer, Duracell and Panasonic are all on board.

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Bananaphone Founder Challenges InfoTech To Grow Up

October 8th, 2013

A new book by children’s performer Raffi is built around three compelling and urgent reasons to reform social media and issues a resounding call for a thorough “mid-course correction” before it is too late.

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Most Retailers Flunked Our New Report Card on Electronics Recycling

July 17th, 2013

It’s time for these retailers to step up and start taking some responsibility for their role in the e-waste problem. They are selling us billions of dollars in electronics, but most are doing nothing to help us recycle them.

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