Walmart, Amazon And Most Other Electronics Stores Fail At Recycling

July 17th, 2013

July 17, 2013: What do you do with your old gadgets? Ideally, you would be able to bring them back to the store where you bought them and drop them off to be recycled but as a new report card shows, there aren’t very many retailers in the nation that make that possible or convenient.

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Statement on the new ITC report on exports of electronic waste

March 13th, 2013

While the report doesn’t answer many of the relevant questions about e-waste exports, it does contain important acknowledgments supporting the need for federal legislation, like the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act introduced in the 112th Congress

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New Study Shows Federal E-Waste Export Bill Could Create Up To 42,000 Jobs

February 5th, 2013

Feb 5, 2013: Federal legislation that would restrict exports of electronic waste from the U.S. to developing countries could create as many as 42,000 direct and indirect new jobs with a total payroll of more than $1 billion, according to a new study commissioned by the Coalition For American Electronics Recycling (CAER).

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How companies keep us buying new stuff, and how to recycle the rest

December 31st, 2012

PC Magazine, Dec 28, 2012. “The reality is we don’t fix electronics anymore, we replace them.”

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Why Gadget Repairability Is So Damn Important

July 19th, 2012

Treehugger, July 19, 2012. “If you can’t open it, you don’t own it. When we can’t even get past the “Will Void Warranty” stickers, then we are simply leasing a device until we buy the next new model.”

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Recyclers disagree on impact of glued-in Retina MacBook Pro batteries

July 18th, 2012
By Chris Foresman

July 18, 2012: “…an internal memo sent to AppleCare and certified third-party technicians claims that the battery should not be removed from the aluminum casing “for any reason.”

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How did the new MacBook Pros get Gold-level green ratings?

July 14th, 2012

Fortune Magazine, July 14, 2012. But having extricated itself from one environmental cow pie, the company may have stepped right into another.

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Feds Appear Clueless About Their Own E-Waste

March 21st, 2012

March 21, 2012. “If you auction off used electronics, you are basically saying you don’t care what happens to it. It just goes to the highest bidder, end of story.”

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More states ban disposal of electronics in landfills

December 19th, 2011
By Wendy Koch, USA Today.

Dec 19, 2011. USA Today: Seventeen states have banned electronic waste from landfills, requiring it to be recycled so its toxic materials don’t leach into groundwater. Seven of these bans took effect this year, and two more will take effect soon: Illinois in January 2012 and Pennsylvania in January 2013.

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Colorado recycler indicted for illegal e-waste exports

September 19th, 2011

Denver Business Journal: A federal grand jury in Denver has indicted two executives from Executive Recycling, a metro-area electronics recycling company, after a three-year investigation into allegations they dumped hazardous computer waste overseas instead of reusing and reselling it domestically.

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