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.
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
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).
PC Magazine, Dec 28, 2012. “The reality is we don’t fix electronics anymore, we replace them.”
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.”
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.”
Fortune Magazine, July 14, 2012. But having extricated itself from one environmental cow pie, the company may have stepped right into another.
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.”
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.
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.