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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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Dash Button or e-Trash Button?

April 5th, 2016

Setting aside our bewilderment about why anyone would be willing to glue these fat plastic lozenges bearing corporate logos around the house, we can’t help but notice that these devices seem more like future e-waste than must-have devices.

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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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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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