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Locking cell phones is anti-consumer and anti-environment

March 5th, 2013

March 5, 2013: Yesterday the White House issued a statement saying it agreed with consumers that we should be able to unlock our cell phones and tablets.

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Dell Gets Top Grade on New Repairability Scorecard on Tablet Computers

February 28th, 2013

February 28, 2013: A new repairability scorecard from iFixit, the champions of easy gadget repairs, rates the repairability of the top tablet computers on the market, with a score from zero to ten.

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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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Big Electronics: Bully of the eco-label playground

January 29th, 2013

January 29, 2013 – Something really sinister has just happened related to the EPEAT effort to update the computer standards. It happened on the IEEE’s playground, during recess.

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New research shows CFLs and LED light bulbs have higher toxicity and resource depletion than incandescent bulbs

January 16th, 2013

January 15, 2013: CFLs have from three to 26 times higher resource depletion and toxicity potential than incandescents and LED bulbs have two to three times higher potential.

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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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Fake Recycler Convicted of Criminal Charges for E-Waste Exporting

December 22nd, 2012

Dec 21, 2012. A federal court in Colorado today convicted the executives of Executive Recycling in Colorado of multiple counts of mail and wire fraud, obstruction and environmental crimes related to illegally disposing electronic waste and smuggling.

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Recyclers Stockpiling Millions of Pounds of Toxic Glass From CRT TVs and Monitors

November 15th, 2012

“…instead of actually sending the toxic leaded CRT glass to proper glass processors, they simply stored this glass on their property or other locations.”

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Toshiba – Please Resist Those Cease and Desist Letters

November 13th, 2012

Come on, Toshiba. Show us that you actually mean the words in your Environment Vision 2050 statement, and publish your repair manuals on your own website.

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EPA’s voluntary program for “safe management of used electronics” won’t prevent unsafe e-waste exports to developing countries

September 20th, 2012

Sept 20, 2012. While the EPA’s press announcement today called for “Safe Management of Used Electronics,” exporting e-waste to developing countries is anything BUT safe – at least for the workers and residents near the locations where crude, dangerous, “informal” processing occurs.

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