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Grist.org, December 12, 2013 By John Upton

Dallas — yes, Dallas — bans fracking in most of the city

The Dallas City Council adopted new rules on Wednesday that bar hydraulic fracturing within 1,500 feet of a home, school, church, or well. Dallas is now the largest of five Texan cities and towns that have imposed local restrictions on fracking.

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Dallas Business Journal, December 11, 2013 By Nicholas Sakelaris

Dallas OKs more restrictive 1,500-foot drilling ordinance

The Dallas City Council on Wednesday approved a 1,500-foot setback for drilling in the city with the option to reduce it in certain cases. The Dallas Morning News reported that the 9-6 vote was applauded by drilling opponents while the pro-drilling side accused the city of effectively banning drilling in Dallas.

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Texas Tribune, October 18, 2013 By Jim Malewitz

Dallas Debate Shows City Power to Limit Drilling

Claudia and Ed Meyer do not want natural gas drilling near their Southwest Dallas home or anywhere else in the city, for that matter. Their neighborhood sits next to a patch of land that developers, eager to tap the edge of the Barnett Shale, sought four years ago.

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KERA News Dallas, August 28, 2013 By B.J. Austin

Plan For Gas Drilling In NW Dallas Strikes Out

Listen: The Dallas City Council has killed plans to drill for natural gas on three tracts of land in the northwest part of the city. Concerns about the drilling on park land and in the floodplain trumped worries about the city getting sued. Hear the story!

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WFAA News D/FW, August 28, 2013 By Jason Wheeler

Dallas Mayor makes passionate plea for (and against) gas drilling

Video: The disagreement: Whether Dallas should permit gas drilling company Trinity East to tap underground reserves at several city sites, including park land near the Luna Vista Golf Course.

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Dallas Morning News, August 7, 2013 By Robert Wilonsky

Draft of Dallas’ gas-drilling ordinance ignores setback requirements proposed by task force, plan commission

On June 20 Dallas’ City Plan Commission proposed putting 1,500 feet between gas-drilling rigs and homes, parks, businesses, schools — anywhere you might find, say, people. But the latest draft of the proposed ordinance, which will be debated at tomorrow’s City Plan Commission gas drilling workshop, contains no reference to that 1,500-foot barrier.

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CBS 11 News D/FW, August 7, 2013 By Andrea Lucio

City Of Dallas Debates Gas Drilling Site Distance

Video: When it comes to good neighbors, gas drilling sites usually don’t make the list. The city of Dallas is now debating just how close they should be allowed to homes, schools, and businesses.

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Port Arthur News, April 24, 2013 By

Two local plants on list of repeated breakdowns, pollution

A number of environmental groups are banding together in their bid for an investigation of  federal and Texas regulators’ response to repeated breakdowns at the facilities.

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Liberty County Vindicator, April 23, 2013 By

Texas groups ask EPA Inspector General to investigate thousands of tons of pollution

The Environmental Integrity Project and 9 community and public interest organizations sent a letter to the US EPA Inspector General requesting an investigation of the federal and Texas regulators’ response to repeated breakdowns at nineteen gas and petrochemical facilities in Texas, releasing thousands of tons of pollution over the past four years.

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CultureMap Dallas, March 22, 2013 By Claire St. Amant

Dallas rejects fracking and natural gas drilling on parklands yet again

For the second time in three months, the Dallas City Plan Commission has denied gas drilling permits to Trinity East Energy. The March 21 decision was handed down in three separate votes, all of which narrowly passed.

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Dallas Morning News, March 22, 2013 By Randy Lee Loftis

Dallas panel’s ‘no’ votes set up City Council clash on gas drilling

The stage was set for a gas drilling showdown late Thursday after Dallas’ Plan Commission voted for the second time to deny applications to drill dozens of natural-gas wells on three sites and build a gas-processing plant.

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KERA News Dallas, March 21, 2013 By B.J. Austin

Strike Two For Gas Drilling On Dallas Park Land

Radio: Gas drilling on park land in northwest Dallas has been turned down for a second time.  The City Plan Commission heard three hours of debate over drilling permits for Trinity East Energy. Click here to listen!

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Dallas Morning News

Dallas Morning News, February 6, 2013 By Randy Lee Loftis

Processing plant becomes focus in Dallas’ gas well debate

Dallas will have dozens of gas wells and one gas-processing plant if Trinity East Energy gets the official blessing for the city’s first drilling and production.

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Dallas Morning News, December 21, 2012 By Randy Lee Loftis

Plan Commission denies requests for Dallas’ first gas drilling

After nearly three hours of advocacy and outrage, Dallas’ City Plan Commission late Thursday denied a gas company’s request to authorize the city’s first natural-gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

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Dallas Morning News Op-Ed, December 20, 2012 By Zac Trahan

Say no to Dallas driller’s requests for 3 fragile sites

The City Plan Commission should reject these three drilling applications and tell the gas company to come back with different plans that don’t put Dallas residents at risk. Residents should attend today’s hearing and drive the point home.

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Dallas Morning News, November 28, 2012 By Randy Lee Loftis

XTO seeks to drill at city airfield

ExxonMobil subsidiary XTO Energy, which had put its plans in Dallas on hold while the city considered new rules on gas operations, filed applications for zoning changes that would authorize drilling at city-owned Hensley Field, the former Dallas Naval Air Station.

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Dallas Morning News, November 22, 2012 By Randy Lee Loftis

Gas drilling discussion quiets down at Dallas City Hall

In nearly four months, the council hasn’t uttered a word in the open about hydraulic fracturing, setbacks, protected uses, drilling in parks or floodplains, or any of the other points of dispute.

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Dallas Morning News, August 2, 2012 By Randy Lee Loftis

Dallas may still be far from gas drilling ordinance

After four hours of listening and questioning Wednesday, Dallas City Council members may still be far from deciding on a new ordinance governing natural gas drilling.

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Dallas Morning News, August 1, 2012 By Op-Ed

Dallas community leaders: How to build a better gas-drilling ordinance

Since 2005, there’s been huge growth in hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” operations in North Texas. Drilling sites have moved into densely populated urban areas, forcing municipalities to develop new safety precautions to protect their neighborhoods. Now it’s Dallas’ turn.

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Dallas Business Journal, July 31, 2012 By Matt Joyce

Dallas gas drilling debate focuses on setbacks, floodplain, parks

The Dallas City Council is scheduled Wednesday to discuss recommendations for an updated city drilling ordinance. A specially formed Dallas Gas Drilling Task Force crafted the recommendations and submitted them to the Council in May.

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Dallas Morning News, June 16, 2012 By Randy Lee Loftis and Kira Witkin

Waste-disposal wells from gas drilling linked to North Texas quakes

Scientists said Friday that they think they know why North Texas is seeing more quakes: A National Research Council panel said the increased earthquake risk probably comes from injecting large amounts of gas drilling wastewater underground for disposal.

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D/FW Greensource, June 6, 2012 By Julie Thibodeaux

Community Groups Make their Voices Heard in Forcing Exide Plant Closure in Frisco

This week Frisco residents were celebrating after a city announcement that Exide would cease operations by the end of the year. After years of effort, this was an outcome thanks in large part to the effort of local citizens like Shiby Mathew.

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Dallas Morning News, June 5, 2012 By Valerie Wigglesworth

Exide plant closure deal quickly OK’d by Frisco City Council

Three votes in Frisco on Monday night marked the beginning of the end for the last battery recycling plant in Texas. Two city boards and the Frisco City Council unanimously approved a business deal that calls for the closure of Exide Technologies’ secondary lead smelter by the end of the year.

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Dallas Morning News, June 3, 2012 By Valerie Wigglesworth

Frisco’s landmark agreement with Exide to set stage for city’s future

Some cities define themselves by building a landmark. Frisco will be setting its course for the future by taking one down. The battery-recycling plant in the heart of the city since 1964 is expected to close by year’s end under a proposal set for city board and City Council votes Monday.

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Dallas Morning News, May 31, 2012 By Valerie Wiggleworth

Exide battery recycling plant to close in Frisco after deal with city

The city of Frisco proposes buying 180 acres from Exide Technologies, which in turn would cease operations at its secondary lead smelter in this Collin County suburb by the end of the year.

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CBS 11 News D/FW, May 31, 2012 By

Exide Plant In Frisco Will Likely Close This Year

Video: The controversial Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in Frisco will close by the end of the year, in a tentative deal reached with the city. Sources told CBS 11 News that, under the proposed agreement, the plant would shut down operations by December 31, or as early as this October.

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Dallas Morning News, May 29, 2012 By Randy Lee Loftis

Dallas proposal would allow drilling near levees

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is so concerned that natural-gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing might damage its dams and levees that it doesn’t want any wells within 3,000 feet of them. Not so the City of Dallas. Already, it has collected millions of dollars by leasing out possible gas-drilling land that’s slap up against its Dallas Floodway levees — land that would be undrillable if Dallas adopted the corps’ policy.

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Dallas Morning News

Dallas Morning News, May 16, 2012 By Randy Lee Loftis

Dallas City Council members want to know: Is drilling safe?

Dallas City Council members had plenty of questions Wednesday for the head of the Dallas Gas Drilling Task Force as she presented the city-appointed group’s recommendations for a new ordinance on natural gas wells.

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Dallas Observer, May 9, 2012 By Patrick Williams

Trinity East Wants to Drill in the Floodplain

Texas Campaign for the Environment released a map, provided by City Hall, of where drilling company Trinity East hopes to poke a few holes in the earth, pump in a mystery stew of noxious chemicals and suck out natural gas. The land is almost entirely in the Trinity floodplain, either on or near existing parks or on land intended for possible park development.

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Dallas Morning News, May 9, 2012 By Randy Lee Loftis

Environmentalists wary of potential natural-gas drilling plans in Dallas

A week before the Dallas City Council takes a step toward deciding how to regulate natural-gas drilling, advocates of tight rules pointed Tuesday to a map that shows parkland and Trinity River flood plains included in a city lease to one gas company.

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Fox 4 Dallas-Fort Worth, May 8, 2012 By Melissa Cutler

Gas drilling planned along Trinity River

Video: A Dallas city map shows large strips of land along the Trinity River that have been leased to a gas drilling company.

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WFAA News 8 Dallas, May 8, 2012 By Craig Civale

Dallas parks, bike trails, flood plain leased to gas company

Video: A new map shows that Dallas city parks and large stretches of the Trinity River are areas being targeted by a gas company for drilling.

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Dallas Morning News, April 25, 2012 By Randy Lee Loftis

Tests find air emissions of toxic chemicals from gas well

Citizen-funded tests found air emissions of toxic chemicals from a natural gas well at the city limits between Colleyville and Southlake, an environmental group said Tuesday.

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Dallas Morning News, March 28, 2012 By Avi Selk

Dallas residents discuss fracking fears at forum

Drilling companies await a city council decision on how close to homes, schools and churches they can operate. Cries of dismay rose from the audience as forum organizer Zac Trahan, program director for the Texas Campaign for the Environment, showed slides of proposed drilling sites in residential neighborhoods.

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Dallas Morning News

Dallas Morning News, March 8, 2012 By Editorial Board

Editorial: Gas drilling report a good start

The Dallas Gas Drilling Task Force has given the City Council a reasonable road map on how it should regulate natural gas drilling within city limits. The task force wants the city to set limits on how close drilling operations can be to schools, churches and homes, and offered some flexibility for drilling on city-owned parkland. It also offered suggestions on everything from ground water protection and noise abatement to how the city should deal with the water used in hydraulic fracturing operations, known as fracking.

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Leslie Minora

Dallas Observer, August 3, 2011 By Leslie Minora

City's Gas Drilling Task Force Received a Public Education at Last Night's Hearing

Several Dallas City Council members chose to sit amongst the public at last night's hearing in front of the city's gas drilling task force. And they were surrounded: The council members were joined by about 100 people who addressed many of the issues topping the list of the task force's concerns -- air and water pollution, truck traffic, proximity to neighborhoods, you name it.

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Dallas Morning News, July 25, 2011 By Valerie Wigglesworth

Environmental groups unite, want more upgrades to cut lead from Exide plant in Frisco

Two environmental groups have joined forces in calling for more improvements beyond those proposed for the Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in Frisco. Monday’s announcement by Downwinders at Risk and the Texas Campaign for the Environment came just days before a public hearing on the state’s proposal for upgrades to reduce lead emissions from the plant.

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WFAA News Dallas, March 11, 2011 By Gary Reaves

Group, council member seek regulations in Dallas gas drilling

Video: This week, five city council members pushed to get a much talked about gas drilling task force on the agenda for next month. Now, one group of environmentalists has taken to foot in their attempt to ramp up the pressure. Click here to watch!

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Austin American-Statesmen, July 1, 2010 By Robin Schneider

Letter to the Editor: EPA takes action to clear the air in Texas

TCE Executive Director Robin Schneider speaks out and applauds the EPA for taking action to clear the air in Texas. Many ordinary Texans can share the credit.

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Dallas Morning News, May 28, 2010 By Editorial Staff

Editorial: TCEQ is ceding control by digging in its heels

In meeting after meeting, federal officials have urged the TCEQ to change its approach to regulating industrial air pollution. The Texas response to the EPA? You just don't understand.

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Austin American-Statesman, May 26, 2010 By Asher Price

State, federal officials blame one another for air quality impasse

The EPA could take over the entire job of regulating air quality in Texas if the state keeps violating the Clean Air Act — intensifying a dispute over regulating pollution from the largest U.S. refineries and petrochemical plants.

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Houston Chronicle, May 26, 2010 By Peggy Fikac

EPA ups ante in battle with state over clean-air standards

Texas has “weeks, not years” to show it is willing to comply with the Clean Air Act or face the prospect of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency taking over its entire air-pollution permitting program, EPA's regional administrator said Wednesday.

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Phil Walk, TCE

EPA, February 10, 2010 By TCE Staff

U.S. EPA considers stronger ozone standards

Listen: TCE organizers give official testimony at EPA public hearing, calling for stricter ozone standards to protect public health. 
Click here for audio!

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Associated Press, September 8, 2009 By John McFarland

EPA to reject Texas air permit process

The air-pollution permitting process in the nation's largest greenhouse-gas producing state does not adhere to the Clean Air Act and portions of it should be thrown out, federal regulators said Tuesday in an announcement applauded by Texas environmentalists.

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E-Waste Focus - Prison Labor and Export

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CBS News, November 24, 2010 By Barnaby Lo

Living Off Toxic Trash in the Philippines

Slum dwellers collect all sorts of junk -- from plastic, glass and cardboard, to the far more prized and far more dangerous electronic waste or "e-waste". Wires pulled from used electronic devices; shattered light bulbs, circuit boards, even old Christmas lights, are the most prized commodities.

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Electronics TakeBack Coalition, August 12, 2010 By Press Release

GAO Report Misses the Mark with Recommendation on Basel Convention

Congress released a Government Accountability office (GAO) report yesterday - Electronic Waste: Considerations for Promoting Environmentally Sound Reuse and Recycling – that seeks to address the management and trade of hazardous electronic wastes.

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New York Times, April 14, 2010 By Tom Zeller Jr.

A Program to Certify Electronic Waste Recycling Rivals an Industry-U.S. Plan

The Basel Action Network plans to begin a new certification and auditing program both e-waste recyclers and companies that generate electronic refuse.

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Business Week, March 1, 2010 By Rachael King

Green Tech Gone Fake

Reused electronics may be good for the environment, but they are feeding the counterfeit tech industry and poisoning some foreign workers.

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PC World, February 22, 2010 By Agam Shah, IDG News Service

UN Warns Developing Countries of Growing E-waste

Developing countries need to prepare for an avalanche of e-waste generated by PCs, consumer electronics and appliances, the United Nations said in a study released Monday.

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BBC News, February 22, 2010 By

'Mountains' of e-waste threaten developing world

Urgent action is needed to tackle the "mountains" of e-waste building up in developing nations, says a UN report. The report gathered information about current levels of e-waste in 11 nations and also looked at how those totals might grow in the next decade. Globally, e-waste is growing at a rate of about 40 million tonnes per year as consumers, in both developed and developing nations, buy new gadgets and discard their old ones.

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BBC News, November 23, 2009 By Dave Lee

Hazardous conditions for India's e-waste workers

In Mustafa Bad, a remote part of east Delhi, a narrow street is home to tiny workshops filled with hard workers. Inside, dozens of people, many of them children, spend tiring hours picking through the remains of old computers and mobile phones.

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Times of India, October 25, 2009 By Atul Sethi

Our Mountain of E-trash

In India, more than 95% of e-waste recycling is carried out in slums dotted around Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and other big cities. Computer monitors are broken manually to recover glass. Circuit boards are heated or dipped in acid to get at the metal within. The residue is dumped in a landfill.

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The Bergen Record, October 21, 2009 By Herb Jackson

Troubled tech recycler has political ties

Several New Jersey officials who trumpeted their "green" credentials received campaign contributions from executives at an Ocean County electronics recycling company fined by environmental regulators and in danger of losing its state permit.

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Michel de Groot

New York Times, September 26, 2009 By Elisabeth Rosenthal

Smuggling Europe’s Waste to Poorer Countries

When two inspectors swung open the doors of a battered red shipping container here, they confronted a graveyard of Europe’s electronic waste — old wires, electricity meters, circuit boards — mixed with remnants of cardboard and plastic.

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Andrew Wardlow

The News Herald, August 8, 2009 By Brittany Smith

Lawsuit claims prison recycling poisoned participants

If recycled without proper safety measurements, electronic equipment can release a toxic dust containing dangerous substances such as lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic.

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CNN, August 3, 2009 By Matt Ford

Sifting through the mounting problem of e-waste

Clouds of black smoke from burning plastic hang over the sites of Nigeria's vast dumps, as tiny figures pick their way through slicks of oily water, past cracked PC monitors and television screens.

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New York Times, May 31, 2009 By Tom Zeller Jr.

Few Rules for Recycling Electronics

In a scathing report published early last week, the Basel Action Network, or BAN, an advocacy group based in Seattle that seeks to curb the exporting of electronic waste from the United States, argued that EarthECycle — and companies like it — falsely represent themselves as recyclers.

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Associated Press, May 13, 2009 By Jessica Mintz

Dell bans e-waste export to developing countries

PC maker Dell Inc. formally banned on Tuesday the export of broken computers, monitors and parts to developing countries amid complaints that lax enforcement of environmental and worker-safety regulations have allowed an informal and often hazardous electronic-waste recycling industry to emerge.

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GlobalPost, April 30, 2009 By Drew Hinshaw

Ghana's illicit trade in discarded electronics

The VCRs and shattered radios entered the country optimistically labeled as secondhand gear, but they soon found their way to Aglogloshie, the place where electronics have autopsies.

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The Morning News, April 18, 2009 By Christopher Spencer

Arkansas' E-Waste Goes To Texas

Some federal inmates in Texarkana spend their days dismantling Arkansans' old computers, TVs and cell phones. But not all think using prisoners to recycle electronics is a good idea.

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Ghana Business News, April 15, 2009 By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi

E-waste in Ghana - Anti-dumping legislation soon

Ghana's Communications Minister has given hints of the possibility of government enacting legislation to stop the dumping of e-waste into Ghana. The fact that Ghana is a major dumping ground for e-waste from the US, Europe and other countries is undisputed.

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Rocky Mountain News, January 24, 2009 By David Montero and Julie Poppen

Computer recycling firm featured on '60 Minutes' raided by ICE, EPA

Federal agents on Friday swarmed a warehouse belonging to Executive Recycling, an Englewood company linked in a televised report to the dumping of toxic electronics components in a Chinese town.

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Time Magazine, January 8, 2009 By Bryan Walsh

E-Waste Not

The U.S. is the only industrialized country that refused to ratify the 19-year-old Basel Convention, an international treaty designed to regulate the export of hazardous waste to developing nations.

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USA Today, December 29, 2008 By Julie Schmit

USA's trashed TVs, computer monitors can make toxic mess

Hong Kong intercepted and returned 41 ship containers to U.S. ports this year because they carried illegal electronic waste from the U.S., thwarting attempts by U.S. companies to dump 1.4 million pounds of broken TVs or computer monitors overseas and an estimated 82,000 pounds of lead, a known toxin, in the devices.

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Houston Chronicle, December 25, 2008 By Allan Turner

E-waste recyclers may not be good for environment

Most people — about 88 percent according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — simply toss so-called e-waste into the trash.

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Fox 4 News Dallas, December 18, 2008 By Matt Grubs

Many Look to Recycle Old TVs in Digital Age

Video: They're shiny, new, thin, and beautiful. The latest flat-screen television sets have many people bidding farewell to the old models. Click here to watch the story!

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Business Week, October 15, 2008 By Ben Elgin and Brian Grow

E-Waste: The Dirty Secret of Recycling Electronics

As the e-waste recycling industry proliferates, it has also become enmeshed in questionable practices that undercut its environmentally friendly image. Lax rules and weak enforcement allow scrap companies to profit by sending junked computers, printers, and TVs overseas.

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Business Week, October 2, 2008 By Brian Grow, Chi-Chu Tschang, Cliff Edwards and Brian Burnsed

Dangerous Fakes

How counterfeit, defective computer components from China are getting into U.S. warplanes and ships: the garbage-strewn streets of Guiyu reek of burning plastic as workers in back rooms and open yards strip chips from old PC circuit boards, often exported from the US.

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Scientific American, September 23, 2008 By Susannah F. Locke

Major U.S. recycler vows not to ship e-waste abroad

Just days after congressional investigators slammed companies for shipping e-waste overseas (and the feds for failing to crack down on them), a major U.S. recycler today vowed to stop the practice. Waste Management, based in Houston, today announced that it would not send hazardous electronic garbage to developing countries for recycling.

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Boston Globe, September 23, 2008 By Derrick Z. Johnson

Electronics dumping ground

It is easy to dump on China's tainted milk, toxic toys, and poison pet food, ignoring how the United States makes China its personal PC dump.

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Scientific American, September 18, 2008 By David Biello

Trashed Tech Dumped Overseas: Does U.S. Care?

A new report proves that the fed's environmental watchdog has knowingly allowed toxic e-waste to be shipped overseas.

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Washington Post, September 17, 2008 By Juliet Eilperin

EPA Lets Electronic Waste Flow Freely, GAO Report Says

The Environmental Protection Agency has done little to curb the export of discarded electronic products containing hazardous waste, much of which ends up in poorly regulated countries and harms the environment and public health, the Government Accountability Office concluded in a report being released today.

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BusinessGreen, August 25, 2008 By Rosalie Marshall

Illegal African E-waste Dumping Highlights Need for Better Policies

The government last week was accused of failing in its duty to enforce its own e-waste regulations in the wake of fresh reports that large quantities of broken IT equipment are continuing to be dumped illegally in Africa.

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Portsmouth Herald News, NH, August 4, 2008 By

Resolution would ban e-waste exports to developing countries

Leaders of a campaign to protect the public from toxic chemicals in electronics applauded U.S. Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials, for introducing a congressional resolution (HR 1395) Friday that calls for the U.S. to join other nations in banning the export of toxic e-waste to developing countries.

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ABC News, July 10, 2008 By Kristen Jones

Prison Work Program May Have Put Hundreds at Risk

Toxic dust from an electronics recycling program run by the federal prison system may have put hundreds of inmates, workers and even their families at risk, according to preliminary findings in a two-year investigation by the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General.

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USA Today, July 8, 2008 By G. Jeffrey MacDonald

Don't recycle 'e-waste' with haste, activists warn

Consumers saddled with old cellphones, TVs and computers are flocking to electronics recycling events, which have sprung up in more than 1,000 communities over the past four years.

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Time Magazine, June 29, 2008 By Bryan Walsh

Your Laptop's Dirty Little Secret

Coal, steel, oil — we think of these old-economy industries, and we picture pollution. But the tech industry has a dirty little secret: it has toxic waste of its own.

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E-Scrap News, May 6, 2008 By E-Scrap News

Consumers International (London) has launched a campaign to end the illegal dumping of e-scrap in West Africa

According to the release, Nigeria receives 500,000 PCs monthly, of which only 25 percent are working. The remaining 75 percent are relegated to landfill and crude metal-recovery workshops — where peripherals and circuit boards are set afire on the ground, and the resultant metals are picked out of the pile of dirt and melted plastic. (Click here to watch the new video Hidden Flow).

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E-Waste Focus - Producer TakeBack Recycling

Channel3000.com, July 27, 2014 By Velena Jones

Protesting pirates demand change from local company

Over two dozen environmental protesters from Texas and Madison came together to bring a message to Spectrum Brands. The company is a sponsor of Madison's Clean Lakes Festival and the parent company of Rayovac, a Middleton-based battery company.

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Public News Service, November 15, 2013 By

America Recycles Day: Keeping Texas Beautiful

Audio: This is America Recycles Day and, while there is much still to do to keep more trash out of landfills, there has been a major shift in thinking over the past couple of decades. However, the United States produces more than 250 million tons of trash a year, and only about one-third is currently recycled.

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Waste and Recycling News, August 1, 2013 By

Environmental groups press Rayovac for battery recycling

Twenty-seven environmental groups have joined forces for a publicity power play aimed at getting battery manufacturer Rayovac to begin taking back their batteries for recycling. The non-profit group Texas Campaign for the Environmental (TCE) is leading the charge to press the Wisconsin-based company to adopt an extended producer responsibility (EPR) policy.

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Glen Rose Reporter, August 1, 2013 By

Environmentalists target battery maker Rayovac for bad recycling record

Texas Campaign for the Environment—TCE, a nonprofit, grassroots group known for its work on electronic waste recycling—has announced a campaign to press Rayovac, a major battery manufacturer, to step up their efforts on recycling and waste reduction.

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Greenbiz.com, April 30, 2013 By Thibault Worth

Staples brings responsible recycling across the U.S.

Photos of computer parts strewn across natural landscapes and workers standing amongst mounds of lead-laden parts are troubling reminders of the dark side of our love affair with electronic gadgetry and how little responsibility manufacturers and retailers have in dealing with their proper disposal.

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Austin American-Statesman, May 11, 2010 By Asher Price

Texas ranks last in recycling old computers, environmental group says

Texas ranks last in recycling computer parts among states that require manufacturers to take back their electronics, according to a report by an Austin environmental group that tries to keep computers and other electronics from landfills.

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Waste & Recycling News, April 22, 2010 By Amanda Smith-Teutsch

Goodwill now accepts Microsoft electronics for recycling

A free consumer computer equipment recycling collection run by Dell and Goodwill will now accept Microsoft electronics at Goodwill locations.

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Austin American-Statesman, September 27, 2009 By Kirk Ladendorf

In East Austin, one company is biting into electronics waste

One way to deal with obsolete electronics products is to literally tear things apart. That's why Electronic Recycling and Trading has built a massive shredding and sorting machine that occupies about 20,000 square feet at its recycling plant in East Austin. 

Environmental groups say e-waste is a mounting problem. The United States generated 2.6 million tons of e-waste in 2005, and only one-eighth of it was recycled. 

Pressure from environmental groups and expanding state regulations on e-waste are expected to generate more business for recyclers such as ERT. Eleven states already ban e-waste from their landfills and incinerators, according to the Electronics TakeBack Coalition environmental group.

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KUHF News Houston, May 27, 2009 By Bill Stamps

Texas Says Yes to Television Recycling

Audio: Today the Texas Legislature signed a bill that forces television manufacturers to give consumers a way to recycle their old televisions. Supporters of the plan say it'll keep toxic chemicals out of landfills. Click here to listen!

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MSNBC News, April 13, 2009 By Suzanne Choney

Cell Phone Recycling: Delete, Then Dispose

Only about 10 percent of cell phones in the United States were recycled in 2007, with many of them being tossed in the trash or stashed away in nooks and crannies around the house.

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National Public Radio, February 2, 2009 By Ann Dornfeld

E-Waste Law: Manufacturers Pay For Recycling

Audio: When old TVs and computers end up in landfills or incinerators, the heavy metals and flame retardants they contain can pollute lakes and oceans. Click here to listen!

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Environmental News Service, January 29, 2009 By ENS News

Electronics Recyclers Gear Up for Digital Broadcasting

In two weeks, Best Buy Co., Inc. will bring its electronics recycling program to all of the company's 1,006 stores across the United States, the company announced Wednesday.

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Huffington Post Blog, December 15, 2008 By Philip G. Baker

Which TV Brands Are Best For The Environment?

The Electronics TakeBack Coalition's Annual Report Card grades TV manufacturers for their recycling programs that reduce e-waste, and has just been released.

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ConsumerReports.org, December 12, 2008 By Kristi Wiedemann

TV manufacturers graded—and not well—on recycling efforts

A new TV Recycling Report Card is out from a non-profit advocacy group, evaluating TV manufacturers, and a few retailers, on their efforts. Many companies received flunking grades, reflecting gaps in existing TV producers' recycling programs and the significant number of companies who don't offer recycling at all.

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Associated Press, November 13, 2008 By Jessica Mintz

Staples offers free Dell PC recycling

Under the partnership announced Wednesday, people can drop off any amount of Dell-branded PCs, monitors, keyboards, printers, mice and other accessories at any of Staples' 1,500 U.S. stores for recycling, without having to make a purchase.

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TWICE, October 31, 2008 By Greg Tarr

Panasonic, Sharp Fend Off The 'Undead TVs'

A group called Electronics TakeBack Coalition (ETBC) was claiming credit Friday for forcing the announcements Thursday of plans for a cooperative national recycling programming involving Panasonic, Sharp and Toshiba.

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Panasonic, October 30, 2008 By

Goal is Simple, Safe Recycling of Used Electronics

Panasonic announced today that it is creating a program designed to provide consumers convenient and easy recycling of their Panasonic branded TVs and other consumer electronics. The recycling program will expand to all 50 states over the next three years.

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Plastics News, October 20, 2008 By Don Loepp

Electronics get press for dressing in green

Canon Inc. and Apple Computer Inc. made headlines last week for materials-related choices in their electronics products.

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GreenRightNow.com, September 18, 2008 By Harriet Blake

Computer Recycling Becomes Law In Texas

Thanks to new legislation that took effect Sept. 1, all computer makers are now responsible for recycling their products. Texas is the fourth state to have such a law, says Jeff Jacoby, staff director with the nonprofit Texas Campaign for the Environment.

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Daily Green News, September 9, 2008 By Dan Shapley

Electronics, Cradle Toward Cradle

As the countdown to the switch to digital television continues, Samsung has joined the ranks of companies offering free recycling of their used electronics.

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KUHF Houston Public Radio, September 2, 2008 By Laurie Johnson

State Requires Computer Recycling

A new state law is in effect this week that requires all computer manufacturers to provide free recycling. The law is intended to bring budget relief to county and city governments that often pay for electronics recycling.

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GreenerComputing, August 5, 2008 By

LG and WMI Partner to Tackle E-Waste

LG Electronics and Waste Management will partner to open more than 160 recycling centers across the country to handle masses of unwanted electronics. Beginning next month, the companies will launch e-waste recycling centers in all 50 states.

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San Antonio Express-News, May 22, 2008 By Anton Caputo

State agency approves computer recycling mandate. Manufacturers will have to offer free programs, but no standards set.

It's official. If you want to make computers and sell them in Texas, you need to have a free program to recycle the equipment when customers are finished with it.

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Austin American Statesman, May 21, 2008 By Asher Price

New state computer recycling rules do not go far enough, some say

The passage of a computer recycling law was one of the few triumphs counted by environmentalists in the last legislative session. But the group that pushed for the law says rules by the state's environmental agency, which will take the step today of putting the law into practice, lack teeth to stop recyclers from disposing of hazardous materials overseas.

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BrandWeek, May 12, 2008 By Steve Miller

Recycling Becomes Electric for CE Brands

EWaste management has gone from being a headache to a marketing tool. Electronics manufacturers and retailers are attempting to address the problem and give themselves a green halo by encouraging consumers to recycle old TVs, computers and other devices.

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Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 11, 2008 By Angelea Galloway

City wants going green to be easier on taxpayers

From carpet recycling to curbside pickup of broken televisions and computers, Seattle politicians are considering ways to help shift away from taxpayers some of the burden -- and cost -- of waste disposal.

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General Issues

TCE Fund, March 18, 2014 By Melanie Scruggs

Austin and Houston Businesses Give 5% for Conservation

TCE Fund will be participating in Give 5 to support local business and local environmental groups! Shop at participating businesses who are donating 5% of gross sales on April 22nd in Austin and April 26th in Houston to benefit a collective of conservation and ecducation groups. Beneficiaries include Texas Campaign for the Environment Fund, Air Alliance Houston, Clean Water Fund, Urban Roots, Texas Land Conservancy, Bayou Land Conservancy, Galveston Bay Foundation, Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Friends of Barton Spring Pool and more!

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Dallas Morning News, July 10, 2013 By Valerie Wigglesworth

Reports show contamination extends beyond borders of closed Exide plant in Frisco

Battery chips and potential slag found along Stewart Creek this year offer the latest evidence that contamination extends beyond the borders of the closed Exide Technologies plant in Frisco.

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Bloomberg News, April 27, 2013 By Darrell Preston

Texas blast illustrates bigger risk

Texas environmental groups, including Public Citizen Texas and Texas Campaign for the Environment, said state lawmakers should pass tougher regulation and step up enforcement, including more inspections and disclosure of toxic threats.

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Valley Morning Star, February 17, 2013 By Fernando Del Valle

Sewer plan nixed: Rio Hondo terminates grease contract

City commissioners voted unanimously Sunday to terminate a contract with a company that wants to treat liquid restaurant and car wash waste at the city sewer plant. The plant discharges into the Arroyo Colorado.

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Marble Falls Highlander, August 14, 2012 By James Walker

Plans to dump waste aborted

A Marble Falls businessman who planned to dump treated human waste on his property in the Fairland community said Monday he has abandoned plans to do so after neighbors and others became angry with him.

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River Cities Daily Tribune, August 8, 2012 By Daniel Clifton

Critics at meeting in Marble Falls urged to get lawmakers involved in Fairland human-waste dispute

About 50 people packed the Marble Falls Public Library community room Aug. 7 to discuss their worries over a septic operation that has state approval to dump the waste on 30 acres. They also were urged to contact their state lawmakers.

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Dallas Morning News, March 3, 2012 By Sommer Ingram

Austin is first large Texas city to ban plastic, paper bags

The state capital will become the first large Texas city to sack both plastic and paper bags, after the Austin City Council voted unanimously to enact a broad ban on the bags, requiring Austinites to use reusable bags for shopping.

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Community Impact Newspaper, March 2, 2012 By Mitzie Stelte

Austin City Council approves March 2013 single-use bag ban

The Austin City Council unanimously passed a bag ban ordinance March 1 on both paper and plastic bags beginning in March 2013. The ban is one of the broadest in the country, and Austin is the largest city in Texas to ban single-use bags.

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KUT News Austin, March 2, 2012 By Nathan Bernier

Say Goodbye to Single-Use Shopping Bags in March 2013

While other Texas cities like Brownsville, Fort Stockton and South Padre Island have all adopted their own versions of a ban, Austin is now the largest city in Texas to have prohibited the use of single-use shopping bags.

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Frisco Enterprise, August 4, 2011 By Elizabeth Knighten

TCEQ holds public hearing on Exide

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality held a public hearing July 28 at the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center to discuss the proposed state implementation plan (SIP) for Exide Technologies. Several residents discussed their concern for the proposed SIP, including Jeffrey Jacoby, who was representing Texas Campaign for the Environment.

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Austin American-Statesman Op-Ed, February 25, 2011 By Trevor Lovell, Public Citizen

Lovell: Nuclear energy? No, it's a bad deal for Austin

The siren song of supposedly cheap, clean, reliable nuclear energy has finally come to Austin in the form of an op-ed from Juan Garza, former Austin Energy general manager and now an NRG executive.

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Houston Chronicle, January 23, 2011 By Matthew Tresaugue

In his EPA job, former academic is the most feared environmentalist in the state

Professor Al Armendariz did not become the top federal environmental regulator in Texas to work on the margins. He did not leave the classroom to sit back and enjoy the view from his downtown office, impressive though it may be. In the 14 months since his appointment, Armendariz has challenged the unique way Texas regulates industrial air pollution, pushed dozens of oil refiners and chemical and plastics makers to get new permits and picked fights over water quality.

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UT Arlington Shorthorn, November 28, 2010 By Ashley Bradley

Philosophy senior leads life by heart and brain

Patterson works as a canvasser for Texas Campaign for the Environment, a non-profit organization that focuses on local and state environmental issues. From 5-9 p.m., Monday through Friday, she walks down streets informing residents about legislation important to the organization’s cause.

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Houston Chronicle, November 19, 2010 By Matthew Tresaugue

TCEQ critiqued on transparency

The Texas agency that regulates industrial pollution should be more responsive and transparent to the public, according to a state analysis released Thursday.

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Houston Press, September 28, 2010 By Chris Vogel

State Environmental Agency Getting An Earful At Town Hall Meetings

Houston held the state-wide kickoff for a series of town hall meetings designed to give locals a platform to gripe and perhaps get their comments and suggestions considered by the legislative Sunset Advisory Commission as it reviews and examines Texas' state environmental agency.

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Dallas Morning News, May 28, 2010 By Editorial Staff

Editorial: TCEQ is ceding control by digging in its heels

In meeting after meeting, federal officials have urged the TCEQ to change its approach to regulating industrial air pollution. The Texas response to the EPA? You just don't understand.

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Austin American-Statesman, May 26, 2010 By Asher Price

State, federal officials blame one another for air quality impasse

The EPA could take over the entire job of regulating air quality in Texas if the state keeps violating the Clean Air Act — intensifying a dispute over regulating pollution from the largest U.S. refineries and petrochemical plants.

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Houston Chronicle, May 26, 2010 By Peggy Fikac

EPA ups ante in battle with state over clean-air standards

Texas has “weeks, not years” to show it is willing to comply with the Clean Air Act or face the prospect of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency taking over its entire air-pollution permitting program, EPA's regional administrator said Wednesday.

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KIAH Houston, May 22, 2010 By Going Green with Yolanda Green

"Going Green" spotlights Texas Campaign for the Environment

Video: How a fired up grassroots campaign is working to reduce waste in Texas. Truly a must see!

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Rueters, May 6, 2010 By Maggie Fox

Americans "bombarded" with cancer sources: report

Americans are being "bombarded" with cancer-causing chemicals and radiation and the federal government must do far more to protect them, presidential cancer advisers said on Thursday.

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Southern Shift, December 8, 2009 By

Copenhagen in Texas: An Interview w/ Environmentalist Robin Schneider

Video: While we focus on the Copenhagen climate talks, we at The Southern Shift wanted to bring attention to environmental and global issues closer to home. This week we will kick things off with a two-part interview with Robin Schneider, who heads up Texas Campaign for the Environment.

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Dallas Morning News, November 6, 2009 By Randy Lee Loftis

SMU professor Al Armendariz named EPA region administrator

As the top environmental official in the nation's oil and chemical heartland, Armendariz will help carry out policies on curbing global warming and pushing for overhauls of Texas' air pollution rules.

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Houston Chronicle, October 2, 2009 By Zac Trahan

Texas EPA region needs a strong leader

TCE Guest Op-Ed: President Obama should appoint a strong leader to head our regional EPA office who will be up to the task of tackling some of the country's worst pollution problems.

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Dallas Morning News, September 21, 2009 By Editorial staff

Editorial: EPA right to get tough with Texas

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has long been a reliable protector of polluters. But with a new administration at the helm, the rules are changing.

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Dallas Morning News, September 18, 2008 By Jeffrey Weiss

Dallas-Fort Worth community organizers share passion for grass-roots change

What does a community organizer do? There are no simple answers. Details of the job vary from agency to agency.Here are the stories of three Dallas-Fort Worth groups that employ professional community organizers.

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Houston Business Journal, September 10, 2008 By Christine Hall

TCE opens Houston office

The advocacy group works with local organizations to fight problematic landfill sitings and expansions and to improve the standards for landfills.

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KUHF Houston Public Radio, September 9, 2008 By Rod Rice

Door-to-door Initiative To Promote Electronics Recycling

The Texas Campaign for the Environment opened an office in Houston today. Organizers will begin door-to-door canvassing to spread the word about recycling electronics.

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Houston Press Online, September 8, 2008 By Olivia Flores Alvarez

A New Environmental Group Offers Houston Info And Donation Requests

The Texas Campaign for the Environment (TEC) opens an office in Houston today and plans to be hitting the streets organizing door-to-door this afternoon. They’ll be talking to residents about recycling options, including the Texas Computer Recycling law that went into effect last week -- oh, and collecting donations for the cause.

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Landfills and Recycling Focus

Texas News Service, August 1, 2013 By Texas News Service

Rayovac draws ire for refusal on Texas battery recycling

One of the nation's largest battery makers is being urged to plug in when it comes to recycling efforts in the state and across the country.

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Public News Service - TX, March 15, 2013 By John Michaelson

Should Houston trash plans for "One Bin for All" waste collection?

The city of Houston is being urged to trash its proposal for a one bin garbage and recycling system. It may sound like a novel idea on the surface, but some say it's really a step backwards.

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ABC 13 News Houston, June 21, 2012 By Miya Shay

Council members consider unusual proposals to trim budget

Video: City leaders are huddled for a marathon meeting about proposed changes to the city's multibillion-dollar budget. These are potentially significant decisions affecting everything from the mayor's term limits to whether you can use a plastic bag at the grocery store.

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Houston Business Journal, June 21, 2012 By Molly Ryan

Houston City Council passes $4.2B budget, amendments

Council passed its budget with multiple amendments, including one that forms an “Illegal Dumping Task Force” to coordinate the enforcement of roadside dumping rules, and another ordering the city to start discussions on how to limit plastic bag litter or to ban plastic bags.

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Houston Chronicle, June 20, 2012 By Chris Moran

Council OKs $4.2 billion budget, will consider plastic bag ban

The Houston City Council passed an amendment in its budget ordering city staff to start discussions about how to limit plastic bag litter and, perhaps, even a future ban on the bags.

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Houston Chronicle, June 13, 2012 By Chris Moran

"Pole tax," longer terms, plastic bag ban proposed in city

Houston City Council members on Wednesday proposed a fee on strip clubs to fund speedier testing of a backlog of rape evidence, extension of their terms from two years to four, and phasing out the use of plastic bags in grocery stores.

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Brownsville Herald, August 8, 2011 By Nicole Chavez

Austin, other Texas cities follow Brownsville's plastic bag ban

 Six months have passed since the plastic bag ban went into effect, and cities around Texas are following Brownsville's lead.

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Austin American-Statesman, August 5, 2011 By Sarah Coppola

City Council moves ahead on plastic bag ban

The Austin City Council took a first step late Thursday toward banning plastic bags at retail and grocery store checkouts. The council voted unanimously to direct city staffers to begin writing a ban with the help of retailers, environmental groups and others.

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Austin Chronicle, August 5, 2011 By Michael King

Proposed plastic bag ban will be popular – and under assault

According to the city's estimates, Austinites annually use 263 million single-use plastic bags – the sort we grab at checkout counters all across town – at a cost to the city of $850,000 for collection, litter control, landfill maintenance, and recycling contamination (they regularly jam the equipment). The visible litter is bad enough – there's scarcely a block in town entirely free of the plague – but there is no estimate available for the long-lasting environmental damage caused by the ubiquitous and nonbiodegradable throwaways.

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KUT News Austin, August 5, 2011 By Nathan Bernier

Austin Could Require Grocers To Charge for Plastic and Paper Bags

A plastic grocery bag ban proposed by elected city leaders last month could be changed to require a surcharge for both paper and plastic bags, such as five or ten cents.

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Austin American Statesman, July 25, 2011 By Alicia Mireles and Sarah Coppola

Mayor pushing to ban plastic bags at Austin stores

Austin retailers and grocery stores could no longer offer plastic bags at checkout counters under a ban Mayor Lee Leffingwell and two other City Council members will propose today.

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Houston Chronicle, July 6, 2011 By Chris Moran

No-bid recycling contract could get held up

There’s a 20-year no-bid contract fro Houston's recycling program on today’s City Council agenda. Environmentalists and Council Members are questioning the wisdom of the contract and pushing for an open, competitive bidding process.

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Texas Tribune, May 9, 2011 By Kate Galbraith

For Texas City, Plastic Bag Ban Brings Controversy

Brownsville, one of Texas' poorest big cities, has enacted a ban on single-use checkout bags in virtually all businesses. The policy, which took effect in January, has eliminated more than 350,000 bags per day, according to Mayor Pat Ahumada, who said that it has “transformed our city from littered and dirty to a much cleaner city.”

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El Paso Times, January 17, 2011 By Marty Schladen

Plan would charge fee for plastic grocery bags

Weeks after a ban on the thin plastic bags went into effect in Brownsville, El Paso, Austin and other Texas cities are talking about measures of their own.

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The Eagle, December 1, 2010 By Matthew Watkins

County backs 3 recycling bills

Brazos County joined a group of Texas counties Tuesday in urging the state to pass three new laws designed to encourage residents to recycle.

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KVUE News Austin, June 24, 2010 By Sarah Lucero

Is Texas next state to ban plastic grocery bags?

Video: There are more and more proposals being drawn up at the local and state level to eliminate or place a tax on the bags. Most are produced using oil, and, by some estimates, 90 percent end up dumped in a landfill or clogging up streams.

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Austin American-Statesman, June 9, 2010 By Shea, Schneider, Porter and McAfee

Op-Ed: Austin recycling too important to rush decision

Austin considers itself an environmental leader, yet it cannot seem to get recycling right. The City Council is now considering the selection of a partner for its long-term recycling operations after a flawed process.

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Austin American-Statesman, June 9, 2010 By Sarah Coppola

Austin recycling contract still up in the air

The Austin City Council is scheduled to choose one of three firms today to build and run an Austin recycling plant so the city can stop shipping recyclables to San Antonio. But the city's multiyear quest to figure out what to do with recyclables might have hit another snag.

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Associated Press, June 2, 2010 By Samantha Young

Calif. Moves To Ban Plastic Bags At Grocery Stores

The California Assembly on Wednesday passed legislation prohibiting pharmacies and grocery, liquor and convenience stores from giving out plastic bags.

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WFAA-TV Dallas/Ft. Worth, April 26, 2010 By

Stubborn fire burns at Dallas landfill

Video: A fire that broke out at the McCommas Bluff landfill in East Oak Cliff early Sunday evening was still burning Monday morning.

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Austin American Statesman, April 23, 2010 By Sarah Coppola

City of Austin could expand recycling

Small apartment complexes, offices would no longer have an exemption

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Waste & Recycling News, April 20, 2010 By Jim Johnson

Greens, not gas

Almost a dozen environmental groups — including San Francisco’s environmental department — wants to refocus a national program aimed at capturing and using methane from landfills.

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The Story of Stuff Project, March 23, 2010 By Annie Leonard

Watch The Story of Bottled Water

Video: Three-fourths of the half-billion plastic water bottles sold in the U.S. every week go to the landfill or to incinerators. A great new video called "The Story of Bottled Water" shows how we can put a stop to it. Watch it here!

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Dallas Morning News, March 8, 2010 By Tasha Hayton

Dallas-Fort Worth post offices slowly offering recycling bins

Recycling can save companies money, especially large entities like the postal service that deal with tons of paper, said Jeffrey Jacoby, program director with the Texas Campaign for the Environment.

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KVUE News Austin, February 7, 2010 By Steve Alberts

Changes to city's recycling contract could save money

Video: The Austin City Council will consider extending its recycling contract with Greenstar this week. But not everyone thinks it's a good idea. Recycling advocates say extending the current contract is a bad risk for city tax payers.

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KVUE News Austin, December 16, 2009 By Steve Alberts

Austin losing millions of dollars to haul away recyclables

Video: Since the city doesn't have a recycling facility in town to handle unsorted recyclables, it contracted with an out-of-town company called Greenstar. The city expected to make money, but instead, it has lost more than $2 million.

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Southern Shift, December 8, 2009 By

Copenhagen in Texas: An Interview w/ Environmentalist Robin Schneider

Video: While we focus on the Copenhagen climate talks, we at The Southern Shift wanted to bring attention to environmental and global issues closer to home. This week we will kick things off with a two-part interview with Robin Schneider, who heads up Texas Campaign for the Environment.

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Austin American-Statesman, November 29, 2009 By Sarah Coppola

Austin considers extending problematic recycling contract

The City of Austin is looking to improve the terms of a much-maligned recycling contract that it expected to profit from, but that instead has cost $2 million over the past year.

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Dallas Advocate, October 2, 2009 By Marlena Chavira-Medford, Christina Hughes Babb & Keri Mitchell

Trash to Treasure

By and large, Dallas receives a passing mark in terms of its strides toward protecting the environment, says Jeff Jacoby, Dallas staff director for the Texas Campaign for the Environment, a grassroots advocacy group.

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Austin America-Statesman, April 7, 2009 By Sarah Coppola

Austin losing money on recycling contract

While city has lost about $900,000, San Antonio and Dallas have profited. A local environmental group that has analyzed public records blames the loss on a contract with the recycling company Greenstar that the City Council approved in May.

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Calgary Herald, January 25, 2009 By Reese Halter

More plastic than plankton in Pacific Ocean

A mass of plastic in the Pacific, increasing tenfold each decade since 1945, is now the size of Texas and killing everything in its wake. Globally, 100 million tonnes of plastic are generated each year and at least 10 per cent of that is finding its way into the sea.

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KXAN News Austin, January 23, 2009 By Matt Flener

Neighbors fighting landfill expansion

Video: Hearings continued Friday on a battle to expand a Northeast Travis County Landfill. Neighbors and landfill operators argued in front of an administrative law judge Friday. Click here to watch!

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News 8 Austin, January 21, 2009 By News 8 Staff

Proposed landfill expansion sparks controversy

BFI Waste Systems went before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Tuesday to find out once and for all whether it can expand its landfill in northeast Travis County.

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CBS 42 News Austin, January 20, 2009 By Alexis Patterson

Travis County residents fight landfill expansion

Imagine having 250 acres of garbage as your next door neighbor - and now the landfill company wants to expand. That's got some folks in Northeast Travis County upset - but the proposed expansion is now being considered by a judge.

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San Antonio Express-News, December 27, 2008 By Colin McDonald

San Antonio moves slow on recycling

Hanging off the back of a garbage truck, Hector Villanueva and Juan Aguirre scramble down block after block to collect San Antonio’s trash. Villanueva didn’t think about recycling until he started hoisting trash cans filled with cardboard, plastic bottles and newspapers that could have been recycled.

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In Fact Daily, December 10, 2008 By Mark Richardson

City Attorney excludes community’s choice for outside counsel on BFI

A resolution on today’s Council agenda to direct City Manager Marc Ott to hire an outside legal firm to assist in “un-doing” an agreement between the city and landfill operator BFI could spark some spirited discussion.

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Austin American Statesman, July 10, 2008 By Melissa Mixon

Hutto group now backs landfill sale; Williamson commissioners say they're interested but are also looking to negotiate new contract with operator.

Orlynn Evans remembers the unease among some residents a year and a half ago when Williamson County commissioners discussed selling the county's controversial landfill.

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KUT Radio, June 30, 2008 By Erika Aguilar

More Trash in Hutto

Hutto residents aren’t against expansion—they want to make sure the landfill doesn’t get too big and trash from outside the county goes elsewhere.

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New York Times, June 25, 2008 By Stephanie Rosenbloom

Home Depot Offers Recycling for Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

The nation's second-largest retailer is creating widespread recycling program for the bulbs, accepting them at all U.S. locations.

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KVUE News, June 23, 2008 By Jessica Vess

Hutto residents take a stand against landfill expansion

Hutto residents and city council members are taking a stand against a proposed landfill expansion. Operators at the Williamson County landfill are looking at a plan that would allow trash from outside the county to be dumped there anyway.

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Austin Chronicle, June 6, 2008 By Lee Nichols

The Webberville Conundrum

Austin's plans for an eastern landfill hit a little obstacle – the people who live there. 

"I think that the region should focus on zero-waste policy and programs before doing another landfill," says Robin Schneider, Executive Director of Texas Campaign for the Environment. 

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Weatherford Democrat, June 5, 2008 By Carman Williams

Changes may be in store for landfills

Landfills never stir up sanitary images, but if proposed new standards are approved by the state, municipal dumps may be getting too dirty for some groups to handle.

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Austin American-Statesman, June 2, 2008 By Melissa Mixon

Judge says controversial landfill contract is valid

A 2003 contract between Williamson County and its landfill operator, Waste Management of Texas, is valid, according to a district judge’s ruling released late Friday.

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Houston Chronicle, August 10, 2003 By Dina Cappiello

Poor funding, cheap landfills hurt efforts

Ask Marta Medina what she does for a living, and she replies in Spanish "reciclar," or recycle. The 50-year-old Guatemalan immigrant has made a success of recycling, something that Houston, the fourth largest city in the nation, has struggled to do.

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Landfills Focus - Waste and Climate Change

Waste & Recycling News, April 20, 2010 By Jim Johnson

Greens, not gas

Almost a dozen environmental groups — including San Francisco’s environmental department — wants to refocus a national program aimed at capturing and using methane from landfills.

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Fox Business, June 19, 2008 By Market Wire

Recycling to Reduce Carbon Emissions

As a result of the increased awareness of climate change and global warming, more and more people have become concerned about greenhouse gas emissions and are developing strategies to reduce their carbon footprint.

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Landfills Focus: Zero Waste

NBC News D/FW, March 27, 2014 By Josh Ault & Ken Kalthoff

Dallas Will Charge Fees for Plastic Bag Use

Video: The Dallas City Council has passed a proposal ordering retailers to charge a fee for one-time use plastic bags while partially banning them from city-owned facilities. Watch the story here!

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KERA News Dallas, March 26, 2014 By Doualy Xaykaothao & Eric Aasen

Dallas City Council Approves Partial Plastic Bag Ban And 5-Cent Retailer Fee

Listen: The Dallas City Council Wednesday morning voted 8-6 to approve a partial ban on plastic bags – the kind you see flying around on freeways and in trees. Listen to the story here!

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Dallas Morning News, October 14, 2013 By Robert Wilonsky

The single-use plastic bag went on trial at Dallas City Hall this morning. Verdict’s still out.

The Dallas City Council is no closer to voting on a single-use bag ban today than it was in March, when council member and current Quality of Life Committee chair Dwaine Caraway first asked the city attorney to draft an ordinance. Nevertheless, the subject returned to the committee this morning in the form of a hearing of sorts, with reps from the plastic-bag industry, the Texas Retailers Association and environmental groups making their cases to council members divided over how to proceed.

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Dallas Morning News, July 2, 2013 By Tegan Hanlon

Opposing sides weigh pros, cons of a plastic bag ban in Dallas

Dallas City Council member Dwaine Caraway’s effort to ban disposable plastic checkout bags and paper sacks will come up for debate in August when the council returns from its summer break. Here's a look at arguments on both sides of the debate.

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Dallas Morning News Op-Ed, June 13, 2013 By Zac Trahan

Single-use bag ban is thrifty and ecological

Despite what critics say, cleanup costs for plastic 'tumbleweeds' far outweigh cost to consumers, Zac Trahan says.

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Dallas Business Journal, June 10, 2013 By Danielle Abril

Dallas considers ban on disposable shopping bags

A new ordinance the city of Dallas is considering presenting to the City Council could impact local retailers who use plastic and paper bags in the sales of their merchandise.

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Dallas Morning News, June 10, 2013 By Tegan Hanlon

Dallas bag ban proposal gets mixed reviews

Grocers, manufacturers and environmentalists clashed Monday over a budding Dallas effort to outlaw common plastic and paper bags.

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CBS 11 News D/FW, June 10, 2013 By Susy Solis

Dallas City Council To Consider Bag Ban

Video: A proposal to ban plastic bags in the city will be considered by Dallas City Council in the next few months. Today, at a Quality of Life Committee meeting council members discussed what the proposal could entail.
Click here to watch the story!

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NBC 5 News D/FW, June 10, 2013 By Keaton Fox

Dallas Council to Weigh in on Plastic Bag Ban

Video: A proposed ban on plastic bags, commonly used at retail stores, will get another look at a Dallas City Council committee meeting Monday. Voluntary efforts to reduce plastic bag usage isn't working, according to the presentation in front of the Council. Click here to watch the story.

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KTXD Dallas, March 7, 2013 By Texas Daily

Dallas moves toward Zero Waste

Video: Zac Trahan with Texas Campaign for the Environment joins Texas Daily to discuss the new Dallas Zero Waste Plan. Click here to watch!

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NBC 5 News D/FW, February 26, 2013 By Ken Kalthoff

Dallas Trash Plan Earns Praise and Concerns

Video: Environmentalists are praising a new Dallas trash plan to be considered by the City Council Wednesday, but some people who've worked on it still have concerns. It includes a goal of "zero waste" in Dallas by expanding recycling goals to businesses and rental homes that are not included in current city recycling programs.

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Dallas Morning News, February 26, 2013 By Rudolph Bush

Dallas City Hall moving forward with long-range plan to reduce trash

Dallas has long had a goal of becoming a “zero-waste” city, in which recycling and composting replace the burial of trash. After a rocky start, City Hall appears to have devised a plan to start on that path.

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Austin American-Statesman, January 12, 2012 By Sarah Copoola

Plan for Austin bag ban getting tweaked a third time

City officials are once again considering changing the start date and other details of a proposed ban on disposable paper and plastic bags at Austin checkout counters. Gedert said Wednesday that he's now thinking about enacting the interim fee in March 2013 and the outright ban in March 2014 to give retailers time to prepare for the ban without prolonging the start of it too much.

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KUT News Austin, August 5, 2011 By Nathan Bernier

Austin Could Require Grocers To Charge for Plastic and Paper Bags

A plastic grocery bag ban proposed by elected city leaders last month could be changed to require a surcharge for both paper and plastic bags, such as five or ten cents.

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San Diego Daily Transcript, February 25, 2010 By Monica Unhold

>Expert: Reducing waste can help bottom line

Toyota Motor Corp. and Hewlett Packard have reduced their costs by instituting recycling programs and reusing materials they previously discarded after a single use.

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Austin American-Statesman Op-Ed, December 28, 2009 By Robin Schneider

Schneider: City shouldn't rush to extend Greenstar deal

Austin's single-stream recycling program should be making the city money. Ideally, when the original Greenstar contract ends next September, the city will be able to sign a new and better contract with a company that will sort our recyclables locally.

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Providence Environmental News Examiner, December 16, 2009 By Amanda Becker

Nantucket becomes no-waste society

One of the most notable examples of a "no waste" society can be found in Nantucket, an island off the coast of Massachusetts whose want for landfill space and uneasiness about the cost of shipping local trash over 30 miles to the mainland encouraged its leadership to implement significant changes to its trash policy.

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New York Times, October 19, 2009 By Leslie Kaufman

Nudging Recycling From Less Waste to None

Across the nation, an antigarbage strategy known as “zero waste” is moving from the fringes to the mainstream, taking hold in school cafeterias, national parks, restaurants, stadiums and corporations. The movement is simple in concept if not always in execution: Produce less waste.

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News 8 Austin, January 16, 2009 By Associated Press writer

Austin wants zero waste status by 2040

The City of Austin is now the only City in Texas attempting to go zero waste. Austin City Council Thursday adopted a plan to eliminate trash from area landfills by 2040.

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KXAN News Austin, January 15, 2009 By Matt Flener & Blair Shiff

From landfills to bike lanes, agenda is full

Video: The Austin City Council convened Thursday to discuss everything from landfills to a no-kill shelter.  TCE note: The Council voted unanimously to approve the Austin Zero Waste Strategic Plan. Click here to watch!

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Christian Science Monitor, December 16, 2008 By Amelia Newcomb

Japan as ground zero for no-waste lifestyle

Tucked almost imperceptibly into cedar-blanketed mountains an hour's winding drive from the nearest metropolis, Kamikatsu seems an unlikely spot for a revolution. But try to throw even a candy wrapper away here, and it's quickly apparent that residents are radically reshaping their relationship to the environment.

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Austin American-Statesman, December 9, 2008 By Sarah Coppola

Zero-waste Plan Heads to Austin City Council

The Austin City Council will discuss a "zero-waste" plan this week aimed at diverting 90 percent of Austin's trash from landfills by 2040.

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Austin American-Statesman, October 9, 2008 By Letter to the Editor, Robin Schneider

TCE Executive Director on Pharmaceutical Waste

There is a solution that Texas and 15 other states have adopted for old computers and other electronics that can be applied to pharmaceuticals, too. Require producers to pay for the safe disposal of their products.

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Austin American-Statesman, April 22, 2008 By Peter Mongillo

Already recycle paper? Here's how you can recycle nearly everything else

Austin-area guide for recycling everyday consumer products. Everything from styrofoam to pill bottles is covered in this recycling resource.

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National Public Radio, March 28, 2008 By Morning Edition

Beyond Recycling: Getting to 'Zero Waste'

Recycling newspaper and plastic can only go so far toward achieving a "zero-waste" world, recycling activist Eric Lombardi says. The next step, he says, is getting industry and government to work together to make going greener more profitable.

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Los Angeles Daily Breeze, January 21, 2008 By Sue Doyle

L.A.'s trash goal: No waste by 2030

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Liquid Waste Issues includes LaCoste, Rio Hondo etc.

Valley Morning Star, February 17, 2013 By Fernando Del Valle

Sewer plan nixed: Rio Hondo terminates grease contract

City commissioners voted unanimously Sunday to terminate a contract with a company that wants to treat liquid restaurant and car wash waste at the city sewer plant. The plant discharges into the Arroyo Colorado.

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Valley Morning Star, January 14, 2013 By Fernando Del Valle

Waste disposal meeting will go forward

A state agency has denied the city’s request to cancel a public hearing into a San Antonio company’s proposal to use the city sewer plant to treat liquid restaurant and car wash waste, a TCEQ spokeswoman said Monday.

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Valley Central News, January 14, 2013 By Richard Moore

Nature Report: Arroyo Colorado Threat

A proposal by a San Antonio company, Dewatering Partners Industrial, to locate an industrial waste treatment operation at the City of Rio Hondo's municipal water plant is alarming area citizens like Arroyo city resident David Mendez.

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Marble Falls Highlander, August 14, 2012 By James Walker

Plans to dump waste aborted

A Marble Falls businessman who planned to dump treated human waste on his property in the Fairland community said Monday he has abandoned plans to do so after neighbors and others became angry with him.

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River Cities Daily Tribune, August 8, 2012 By Daniel Clifton

Critics at meeting in Marble Falls urged to get lawmakers involved in Fairland human-waste dispute

About 50 people packed the Marble Falls Public Library community room Aug. 7 to discuss their worries over a septic operation that has state approval to dump the waste on 30 acres. They also were urged to contact their state lawmakers.

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Dallas Morning News, July 18, 2013 By Krista Torralva

Texas law contributes to electronics recycling boom

Electronics recycling in the U.S. is now a $20.6 billion industry, up from less than $1 billion in 2002, according to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. Employees in the U.S. electronics recycling industry multiplied from 6,000 in 2002 to 45,000 in 2011.

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Environmental Leader, July 18, 2013 By

Electronics Retailers Receive Fs on Recycling Report Card

Staples, Best Buy and Office Depot are the only three major electronics retailers making a serious effort to help consumers recycle their old electronic products, says a report card released yesterday by the Electronics TakeBack Coalition.

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KXAN News Austin, May 3, 2013 By Natalie Stoll

Groups push for better electronic recycling efforts

Video: The Texas Campaign for the Environment is working with several state lawmakers, and House Bill 3465 and House Bill 648 have been voted out of House committees.

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May 2, 2013 By

Texas TV Recycling Law Up and Running

The Texas TV TakeBack Law has taken effect, and all television manufacturers selling products in the state have published their recycling programs for consumers. Similar to programs resulting from the previous Computer TakeBack Law, these manufacturer-based recycling options are listed on a state environmental agency website:

 

www.texasrecyclestvs.com

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triplepundit.com, June 6, 2012 By Leon Kaye

Interfaith Coalition Urges Walmart to “Take It Back”

While commending Walmart for its sustainability efforts that the company has ramped up since 2005, the reverends, priests, rabbis, imams and activists from churches and activist organizations demand that Walmart do even more.

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Environmental Leader, June 4, 2012 By

Faith Leaders Tell Walmart to Match Competitors Best Buy, Staples and Office Depot’s E-Waste Policies

Environmental activists and local clergy from all 50 states have called on Walmart to change its e-waste recycling policies. The timing of the letter coincides with Walmart’s annual shareholders meeting.

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GreenBiz.com, April 24, 2012 By Adam Aston

How Best Buy makes money recycling America's electronics

Retailing giant Best Buy has seen its recycling take-back program grow from a costly gamble into a fast-growing business that’s making a little bit of money.

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Denton Record-Chronicle, April 22, 2012 By Karina Ramírez

Report shows increase in demand for products made to decrease environmental impact

Going “green” is no longer a fad. Consumers are asking for more environmentally friendly products, and companies appear to be responding to the demand.

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Philadelphia Inquirer Online, April 19, 2012 By Jonathan Takiff

Wearing the Earth Day E-Gear Green

How do we know that Earth Day must be right around the corner (Sunday)? Environmental groups focused on the (fraught with eco-peril) electronics industry have been laying on the good and bad tidings.

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Austin Business Journal, March 28, 2012 By Christopher Calnan

Texas has made little progress in recycling electronic waste

Texans are not effectively recycling their old electronics, according to two new reports. Recycling advocates said Wednesday that two newly released reports show how little progress Texas has made in recycling electronic waste.

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KXAN News Austin, July 21, 2011 By Jessica Brorman

Electronic recycling takes step forward

Obama administration officials met with senior executives from Sony, Dell and Sprint Wednesday at an Austin electronics recycling center to sign and release a strategy for the responsible management and recycling of electronic products.

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Fort Worth Star-Telegram, June 24, 2011 By Teresa McUsic

What Texas' new television recycling law means for consumers

Texas has a new law requiring television manufacturers to take back and recycle old sets in an effort to keep toxic materials including lead and mercury out of landfills and water.

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Austin American-Statesman, May 22, 2011 By Editorial Board

This is a TV program Perry should love

SB 329 would establish a television recycling program requiring manufacturers to take back and recycle a percentage of TVs, based on their Texas market share. The House last week approved the bill in an overwhelming vote. Back in March, it won Senate approval. It doesn't take a high-def screen to see that this is a good idea for our state.

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New York Times, April 22, 2011 By Joey Peters

Regulators, Recyclers and Retailers Build 'Urban Mining' Industry

Most of the time, old and obsolete electronics end up in the garbage, despite holding plenty of reusable material. But a push for recycling them has gained ground in recent years through both new state laws and a developing "e-recycling" industry.

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TCE Fund, February 24, 2011 By TCE Fund

Two New Reports Show Texas is a Lightweight on E-Waste Recycling

Recycling advocates released two new reports which they say both demonstrate how little progress Texas has made in its effort to ramp up recycling programs for toxic electronic waste. Making TakeBack Work Better in Texas shows that Texas saw its overall e-waste recycling figures drop for the first time in three years; Survey of Local Government References to Manufacturer TakeBack Recycling shows that city and county governments are still struggling to educate the public about new e-waste recycling programs.

Click here to read the press release

Click here to read the Austin Business Journal article

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Austin American-Statesman, February 24, 2011 By Asher Price

Computer recycling bounds, but Dell shoulders much of the burden

More than 90 percent of the electronic waste collected in 2010 was collected by only four manufacturers: Dell, Samsung, Altex Electronics, a small San Antonio based company, and Sony. The remaining eight percent was collected by 38 manufacturers that do business in Texas. Thirty-six manufacturers collected zero pounds.

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Associated Press, January 4, 2011 By Dave Gram

In 24 states, don't call your old computer 'trash'

Get a new flat-screen TV for Christmas and wondering what to do with the old console? Finally replacing that turntable with an MP3 player? Just upgrading your Mac? Whatever it is, you'd better check your state's books before heading to the landfill.

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Electronics TakeBack Coalition, December 29, 2010 By

An Easy “Green” New Year’s Recycling Resolution

Electronic gadgets were at the top of many holiday shopping lists again this year. So what should you do with the old stuff – the items these shiny new gadgets replaced?

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The Eagle, December 1, 2010 By Matthew Watkins

County backs 3 recycling bills

Brazos County joined a group of Texas counties Tuesday in urging the state to pass three new laws designed to encourage residents to recycle.

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USA Today, November 9, 2010 By USA Today

Electronics 'designed for the dump,' new movie says

As the holiday season approaches, The Story of Electronics looks at the environmental costs of throwaway gadgets and urges consumers to demand less toxic, more easily recyclable and longer lasting products. Its website offers tips on safer products and responsible recyclers.

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GreenBiz.com, October 20, 2010 By Matthew Wheeland

E-Waste Recycling Report Card Hands Out Poor-to-Middling Marks

A new effort to grade computer, television, printer and game console companies  on their efforts to take back and recycle their old products finds most firms struggling to succeed -- news that comes to no surprise for anyone following progress on e-waste in the United States.

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Electronics TakeBack Coalition, August 12, 2010 By Press Release

GAO Report Misses the Mark with Recommendation on Basel Convention

Congress released a Government Accountability office (GAO) report yesterday - Electronic Waste: Considerations for Promoting Environmentally Sound Reuse and Recycling – that seeks to address the management and trade of hazardous electronic wastes.

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KIAH Houston, May 22, 2010 By Going Green with Yolanda Green

"Going Green" spotlights Texas Campaign for the Environment

Video: How a fired up grassroots campaign is working to reduce waste in Texas. Truly a must see!

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Austin American-Statesman, May 11, 2010 By Asher Price

Texas ranks last in recycling old computers, environmental group says

Texas ranks last in recycling computer parts among states that require manufacturers to take back their electronics, according to a report by an Austin environmental group that tries to keep computers and other electronics from landfills.

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Houston Business Journal, May 11, 2010 By Christine Hall

Texas last in electronics recycling, report shows

Texas is ranked last in per capita collections of computers for recycling among states with similar takeback programs, according to a report released Tuesday by the Texas Campaign for the Environment Fund.

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The Guardian, May 6, 2010 By Jonathan Watts

Global IT brands urged to be more accountable for pollution

Investigation by coalition of Chinese environmental groups accuses global IT brands of supply chain links to heavy metal poisoning cases in China.

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Waste & Recycling News, April 21, 2010 By Amanda Smith-Teutsch

Best Buy to increase electronics, appliance recycling

Electronics retailer Best Buy is looking to significantly increase the amount of electronics and appliances it collects for recycling in its retail stores.

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New York Times, April 14, 2010 By Todd Woody

I.B.M. Suppliers Must Track Environmental Data

I.B.M. said on Wednesday that it will require its 28,000 suppliers in more than 90 countries to install management systems to gather data on their energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and waste and recycling.

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GamePro.com, April 5, 2010 By Oliver J. Chiang

How Green is My Game?

In recognition of Earth Day, which is later this month, we take an investigative look into the environmental impact of video games at all states of their development cycle.

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Environmental Health Perspectives, April 1, 2010 By Kellyn S. Betts

Brain Drain? PBDEs Alter Development of Human Brain Cells

A new laboratory study demonstrates that polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs, found in electronics and other consumer products) can alter human fetal brain cells. Babies can be exposed to significant amounts of PBDE flame retardants both in the womb and through breastfeeding.

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GlobalPost, February 25, 2010 By Kathleen E. McLaughlin

Silicon Sweatshops: Another black eye for Apple supplier

Workers at the factory suffered nerve and muscle damage after working with the toxic chemical hexane to clean component touch screens for electronic products.

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Environmental Leader, February 15, 2010 By

HP Bans E-Waste Exports From Rich Nations to Developing Ones

HP has updated its global corporate policy on banning exports of non-working electronics to developing countries, a move environmental groups are applauding.

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Bloomberg News, February 4, 2010 By Rob Delaney

Olympic medallists to get a load of junk

U.S. skier Julia Mancuso and Russian hockey player Alex Ovechkin may be wearing waste from recycled Sony Trinitrons around their necks if they reach the medals podium at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

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GreenerComputing, February 2, 2010 By GreenerComputing Staff

E-Waste Market to Boom in Next Five Years

A new report from ABI Research predicts that the market for recovering and recycling used electronics will reach $14.7 billion by 2015, nearly tripling in size.

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Associated Press, January 18, 2010 By

Factory workers in China protest over pay, use of toxic chemicals

Thousands of workers in a factory in eastern China's Jiangsu Province protested Friday over the cancellation of annual bonuses and poor work safety environment, a human rights watchdog and local media reported.

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CBS/AP News, January 12, 2010 By

Toxic Cadmium Swapped for Lead in Jewelry

An international chain store says it will no longer sell jewlery that lab testing reported by The Associated Press showed was laden with toxic cadmium. This cadmium likely comes from e-waste: click here to read the report.

 

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Slate, December 29, 2009 By Nina Shen Rastogi

Pulling the Plug: How to dispose of old electronics in a responsible way

I just got a new laptop for Christmas and don't know what to do with my old one. I've heard that most electronic waste ends up being exported to Asia, where poor laborers recycle the scrap under unhealthy, unsafe conditions. How do I get rid of my old computer in an environmentally and socially responsible way?

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Mother Nature Network, December 17, 2009 By SimpleSteps.org

What to look for in a new computer

From computers to laptops to eco-certifications, we have the answers you're looking for. If you have to buy new, here are some things to keep in mind.

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CBS News , November 29, 2009 By 60 Minutes

How Gold (In Our Electronics) Pays For Congo's Deadly War

Video: There's demand for gold for investments, for circuits in cell phones and computers, and for jewelry. In the heart of central Africa, "60 Minutes" found a campaign of rape and murder being funded largely by gold that is exported to the world.
Click here to watch.

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Christian Science Monitor, November 25, 2009 By Moises Velasquez-Manoff

E-waste recycling – are solutions near?

E-waste poses a large and growing problem around the world. Americans generated 3.01 million tons of the stuff in 2007, according to the EPA. But only 13.6 percent of it was recycled. As e-waste recycling is subject to almost no oversight, some 50 to 80 percent of e-waste is, in fact, exported to developing countries, according to watchdog organizations. There, people often extract scrap metal, circuit boards, and other resalable materials without adequate protective material. In doing so, they’re potentially exposed hazardous materials — lead, mercury, and cadmium, among them.

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Beaumont Enterprise, November 20, 2009 By Sarah Moore

The electronics recycling gap

Beaumont and Port Arthur - along with most other Texas cities - fail to provide residents with information on the proper disposal of old electronics, according to a study released this week by Public Research Works and Texas Campaign for the Environment.

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TCE & TCE Fund, November 19, 2009 By

Free e-recycling, but nobody knows

A new report on local government references to free manufacturer takeback recycling options for obsolete e-waste shows that producer takeback programs continue to receive little or no mention on local government websites and among local government officials.
Click here to read the full report.

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Scientific American, October 29, 2009 By Larry Greenemeier

U.S. Lags Behind World with Its Patchwork Approach to Curbing E-Waste

One of the world's largest producers of electronic refuse, the U.S. imposes no federal restrictions on what materials can be used to make electronics or how they can be discarded.

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Washington Post, September 19, 2009 By Michael S. Rosenwald

Left in the Flat-Screen Dust

In no segment of the electronics industry is the new supplanting the old faster than for boob tubes. As new TVs enter the home, many people hide the old ones in basements, garages or closets. But many TVs are simply tossed.

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San Jose Mercury News, September 18, 2009 By Paul Rogers

Are flat screen TVs the new SUVs?

Sparking a battle with the electronics industry, the California Energy Commission on Friday released the nation's first rules mandating energy efficiency for televisions. Under the rules, new TV sets sold in California will be required to reduce electricity consumption 30 percent by 2011 and 50 percent by 2013 from current models.

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Houston Chronicle, September 17, 2009 By Purva Patel

This isn't built to last

Brenden Macaluso doesn't consider himself an environmentalist. He's a designer at heart. But the Houston resident hopes the cardboard computer casing he created will encourage others to rethink what sustainability means in design.

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Science Daily, September 17, 2009 By

Set World Standards For Electronics Recycling, Reuse to Curb E-waste Exports to Developing Countries, Experts Urge

Processes and policies governing the reuse and recycling of electronic products need to be standardized worldwide to stem and reverse the growing problem of illegal and harmful e-waste processing practices in developing countries, according to experts behind the world's first international e-waste academy.

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New York Times, June 29, 2009 By Leslie Kaufman

A Green Way to Dump Low-Tech Electronics

Since 2004, 18 states and New York City have approved laws that make manufacturers responsible for recycling electronics, and similar statutes were introduced in 13 other states this year.

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New York Times, June 15, 2009 By Nathanial Gronewold

Some See E-Waste Crisis Trailing Switch to Digital TV

There's growing concern that the United States' conversion last weekend from analog to digital television broadcasting will exacerbate a national e-waste problem and fuel the smuggling of cathode ray tubes to the developing world.

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Daily Texan, June 12, 2009 By Ryan Moore

Activists Press for E-waste Recycling Option

Local environmental activists and politicians urged Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday to sign legislation that would curb increasing electronic waste by mandating  television manufacturers take back their televisions from consumers and recycle them.

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Houston Chronicle, June 12, 2009 By Mary Tuma

Recycling Tube TVs by the Ton

With millions of obsolete TVs headed to Texas landfills after today's digital switch, a timely bill could help avert potentially hazardous sets from polluting the environment. The Television TakeBack Bill now sits on the governor's desk for final approval.

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KUHF Houston Public Radio News, June 11, 2009 By Pat Hernandez

Digital Switch May Not Mean Disposal

Audio: On the eve of the transition to digital television, Houston residents are being told not to trash their TVs. The digital switch could result in a wave of electronic waste to area landfills. Click here to listen!

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KPRC Local 2 NBC News Houston, June 11, 2009 By

Recycle, Reuse TVs After DTV Switch

Video: With the switch to digital televisions on Friday, environmentalists are encouraging everyone to recycle or reuse their old televisions, so they won't end up in landfills. Click here to watch!

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KVUE 24 ABC News Austin, June 11, 2009 By Elise Hu

Bill aims to keep old TV sets out of landfills

Video: TVs are made with lead, mercury and other harmful toxins that can pollute landfills and get into water sources, so responsible recycling is being advocated in advance of the big DTV switch. Click here to watch!

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KRIV Fox 26 News Houston, June 11, 2009 By Sally MacDonald

DTV Switch Begins at 6:45 A.M.

Video: Once families make the DTV switch, their first urge might be to send the old TV to the graveyard, but environmentalists are sounding the call to recycle. Click here to watch!

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San Antonio Current, June 4, 2009 By Haylley Johnson

A Texas TV Wasteland

With the date of the analog to digital television signal switch looming closer, reality has become more prominent - millions of unused analog televisions have the potential to wind up in Texas landfills. Alongside this threat, recycling has risen higher on many individuals’ to-do lists, including the Texas Legislature's.

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New York Times, May 30, 2009 By Kevin Ferguson

Coming Soon: A New Eco-Label for TVs

Consumers shopping for a new television may soon have another criterion to consider beyond price, screen size and picture quality: the set’s environmental impact.

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Waste & Recycling News, May 28, 2009 By Joe Truini

Texas governor to decide on Television Takeback Bill

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will have on his desk a bill requiring television manufacturers to provide Texas residents with free and convenient recycling for their old units.

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Business Journal, May 28, 2009 By

TV recycling bill awaits Perry’s signature

The Texas Senate passed the Television TakeBack Bill, which requires television manufacturers to provide Texas residents with free and convenient recycling for used TVs.

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KXAN News Austin, May 28, 2009 By Natalie Stoll

Manufacturers to fund television recycling

Video: TV zombies descended on the Capitol to thank legislators for their work in helping to alleviate the environment from the estimated millions of televisions that will need to be recycled with the DTV switch. Click here to watch.

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KUT News Austin, May 28, 2009 By Harrison Powers

Environmental Group Says 'Thank You'

Audio: Rising from the legislature’s graveyard of fallen bills, a law requiring old televisions be recycled has passed and is on its way to Governor Rick Perry’s desk. Hear the full story.

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San Antonio Express-News, May 27, 2009 By L.A. Lorek

Texas Senate OKs TV recycling program

The Texas Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed the Television TakeBack Bill that promotes TV recycling. The bill requires TV manufacturers to provide Texas residents with “free and convenient recycling” for their old TVs.

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The News & Observer, May 27, 2009 By Tim Johnson - Knight Ridder Newspapers

Chinese city is world's digital scrap heap

When discarded computers vanish from desktops around the world, they often end up in Guiyu, which may be the electronic-waste capital of the globe. Some 60,000 laborers toil here at primitive e-waste recycling—if it can be called that—even as the work imperils their health.

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KUHF News Houston, May 27, 2009 By Bill Stamps

Texas Says Yes to Television Recycling

Audio: Today the Texas Legislature signed a bill that forces television manufacturers to give consumers a way to recycle their old televisions. Supporters of the plan say it'll keep toxic chemicals out of landfills. Click here to listen!

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Port Arthur News, May 13, 2009 By

Texas House passes statewide TV recycling bill

The Texas House of Representatives passed HB 821, which will require TV makers selling TVs now to provide free and convenient recycling for used televisions.

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New York Times, May 2, 2009 By Erica Gies

Bring Out Your Dead (TVs)

In February, Best Buy, the largest electronics retail chain in the United States, upgraded its electronic waste take-back and recycling program to make it one of the most comprehensive in the country.

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PC Magazine, March 2, 2009 By Jennifer L. DeLeo

The Electronics Recycling Superguide

PC Magazine shows you how to recycle your used electronics through manufacturers, your local electronics stores, and online trade-in programs that offer you cash or gift cards.

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TWICE, February 12, 2009 By Greg Tarr

500 TV Broadcasters Ask For Early Shutoff

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a list of 500 additional full-power TV broadcasters who have sent word that they need to shut off their analog signals prior to the new June 12 deadline for the transition to all-digital broadcasting.

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Associated Press, February 6, 2009 By David Bauder

Some TV stations to end analog signal on 2/17

When Congress postponed the mandatory transition to digital TV until June, it also gave stations the option to stick to the originally scheduled date of
Feb. 17.

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TWICE, February 4, 2009 By Greg Tarr

House Approves DTV Delay Legislation

The House of Representatives approved legislation Wednesday to delay the analog cutoff TV date 115 days to June 12, 2009. The measure will now be sent to President Obama, who is expected to sign it into law.

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Processor.com, January 30, 2009 By Kurt Marko

E-Waste: The Global Impact

Recycling is one of those concepts everyone embraces. Yet, when it comes to electronics—TVs, monitors, computers, and peripherals—why do so few of us actually do it?

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USA Today, January 27, 2009 By Elizabeth Weise

Old TVs cause new problems

Televisions carelessly disposed of can be toxic to the environment. A huge backlog of unused old ones (99.1 million, the EPA says) is sitting around in people's homes.

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Kalamazoo Gazette, January 25, 2009 By Robyn Rosenthal

Recyclers ready for tons of TVs after switch to digital

Between the Superbowl, which traditionally has given sports fans an excuse to trade up to bigger TVs, and the imminent switch to digital programming, which is scheduled for Feb. 17, environmental groups are estimating that 90 million televisions will become obsolete.

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Calgary Herald, January 25, 2009 By Reese Halter

More plastic than plankton in Pacific Ocean

A mass of plastic in the Pacific, increasing tenfold each decade since 1945, is now the size of Texas and killing everything in its wake. Globally, 100 million tonnes of plastic are generated each year and at least 10 per cent of that is finding its way into the sea.

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Environmental News Service, January 12, 2009 By

Consumer Electronics Show Greens Its Act

Products introduced at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show demonstrate that the promise of more environmentally friendly consumer electronics is becoming a reality.

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Popular Science, January 12, 2009 By Abby Seiff

Fear and Greening in Las Vegas

Corporate responsibility looms large at this year's CES show, but protesters insist more companies need more proactive electronics recycling policies

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Grist, January 12, 2009 By Sarah van Schagen

Analog-jam: Digital TV delay could be win for environment

Millions of Americans still aren't prepared and could miss out on important news and emergency broadcasts -- a fact that has led President-elect Barack Obama to urge a delay in the transition.

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Justin M. Bowen, Las Vegas Sun

KVBC News Las Vegas, January 9, 2009 By Jerry Brown

Eco-activists push for TV recycling at CES

Outside the electronics show, activists turned the spotlight on another timely question: what happens to old tvs that aren't recycled? Dressed as analog tv zombies, they paraded down Convention Center Drive en route to a press conference.

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Reuters Blogs, January 9, 2009 By Anupreeta Das

CES: TVs, TVs and TV zombies

I stepped out of the Las Vegas Convention Center yesterday to recover from the brilliant glare of the gazillion TVs on display inside — only to run into another set of boxes on the sidewalk. Okay, they weren’t regular old TVs, but humans wearing black boxes over their heads.

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Yardena Arar

PC World, January 9, 2009 By Yardena Arar

TV Zombies Kicked Out of CES

I finally got one of the TV zombies to stop long enough to tell me: "We want the producers to take back responsibility."

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BBC News, January 9, 2009 By Maggie Shiels

Campaigners highlight 'toxic TVs'

Campaigners are warning of a flood of toxic waste from old TVs and have called on manufacturers to do more to recycle them. The Electronics TakeBack Coalition took their protest to the world's biggest electronics show in Las Vegas.

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TreeHugger, January 9, 2009 By Jaymi Heimbuch

Toxic TV Zombies Invade CES Show in Las Vegas

Putting some activist spice into this year's convention, the Electronics TakeBack Coalition has unleashed zombies on Las Vegas in an effort to draw attention to the problem with television manufacturers and their lack of responsibility when it comes to taking back TV sets.

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GreenYes, January 6, 2009 By Maggie Clarke

HP offers money for old tech equipment

Hewlett-Packard has decided to offer people in the United States money in exchange for their old tech equipment, the company announced Tuesday. Given this economy, I'd say it's worth your time to look up the value of your electronic junk on HP's site and make that trip to the post office.

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Ft Worth Star-Telegram, November 28, 2008 By Mike Lee

Environmental groups warn against dumping TV sets

As the DTV switch approaches, and with the holiday shopping season in full swing, environmental groups are warning consumers about impacts on the environment halfway around the world.

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Greenercomputing.com, November 19, 2008 By Mary Catherine O'Connor

How Activists Are Forcing Change in Green IT

Often, advocacy groups campaign against specific business practices --- take the movement to ban BPA from baby bottles, for instance. But when it comes to the electronics industry, non-government organizations are attempting to shift the entire business paradigm.

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Daily Texan, November 18, 2008 By Lindsey Morgan

Zombies campaign for proper TV set disposal

Life-size television zombies sound more like a futuristic sci-fi plot than a campaign for efficient recycling of electronics. But on Monday, activists from the Texas Campaign for the Environment, an environmental advocacy group, dressed as zombies with television sets as heads to protest the improper disposal of televisions in Austin.

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KUHF Houston Public Radio News, November 18, 2008 By Bill Stamps

TV Manufacturers Get Low Grades

Audio: An environmental watchdog group says TV manufacturers aren't doing enough to prepare for next year's transition to all digital television. Click  here to listen!

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SustainableBusiness.com News, November 18, 2008 By

Digital TV Approaches, TV Makers Failing on Recycling Efforts

The Electronics TakeBack Coalition (ETBC) today released its new TV Recycling Report Card, grading the major TV manufacturers on their efforts to establish national programs to take back and recycle old TVs.

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GreenBiz, November 18, 2008 By GreenBiz Staff

Sony Earns Top Grade for TV Recycling

More than half of TV manufacturers have no recycling program in place even though there are only three months left before the digital TV conversion.

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WFAA-TV D/FW , November 18, 2008 By Cynthia Izaguirre

Protesters target TV recycling

Video: With just three months remaining until the nation's transition to digital television, manufacturers of old analog TVs got a ghoulish recycling report card. Click here to watch!

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NBC 5 D/FW, November 18, 2008 By

Turning Up the Volume on TV Recycling

Video: Texas Campaign for the Environment released its TV makers green report card, which grades the recycling programs of major television manufacturers. Click here to watch!

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KVUE News Austin, November 18, 2008 By Tom Harris

Recycling old TV's can be tough in Texas

Video: You may find recycling your old TV set a little more difficult than you might think if you are planning on purchasing a new digital TV this year. Click here to watch!

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News 8 Austin, November 18, 2008 By News 8 Austin Staff

TV companies ill-prepared to recycle analog TVs

The report card is in, and most television makers are failing: The Texas Campaign for the Environment released their report on how well television manufacturers have prepared to recycle their consumers' old TVs.

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San Antonio Express-News, November 18, 2008 By L.A. Lorek

20.6 million: Number of television sets U.S. consumers threw away in 2007

Landfills overflowing with junked TVs containing lead, mercury and other toxic materials could eventually threaten San Antonio's water supply. That's why Texas environmental activists want TV manufacturers to take back their old sets.

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New York Times, November 12, 2008 By John Hanc

For the Digitally Deceased, a Profitable Graveyard

Finding ways to dispose of America’s increasingly large stream of e-waste is difficult: an estimated 133,000 computers are discarded by homes and businesses every day. In a 2006 report, the International Association of Electronics Recyclers estimated that about 400 million pieces of e-waste are scrapped each year.

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Philadelphia Inquirer, November 10, 2008 By Sandy Bauers

TV's New Program

Updated guidelines offer more information on how much energy our sets use - or do they? That's just one environmental concern as events point to a big buying spree.

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Siliconvalley.com, October 25, 2008 By Melita Marie Garza

Dell, PC industry find it isn't easy being green

Proving Kermit's adage, Dell spent three years building 25 prototypes before the computer maker found a way to twist bamboo into a natural fiber exterior for its new "Hybrid" desktop.

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New York Times, October 2, 2008 By Azadeh Ensha

It Comes in Beige or Black, but You Make It Green

In a bid to secure your green bragging rights, you have the usual suspects covered, but what about your PC? After all, the machine that can provide you with information on how to lead an ecologically sound life can also be contributing to the environmental problem you are trying to solve.

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Newsweek, September 22, 2008 By Lily Huang

What About Ijunk?

What happened to all the once useful things we wanted before? The cell phone that's not a computer, the GPS that's not a phone, the squarely three-dimensional television, the videotape rewinder?  With the right design, a manufactured good can be broken down into a number of universal, toxin-free components.

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Marketing Daily, August 22, 2008 By Laurie Sullivan

Electronics Coalition Targets Samsung For Use Of Toxic Metals

The Electronics TakeBack Coalition has launched a marketing campaign attacking Samsung for what it considers a weak stance on environmental protection and electronics recycling.

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Austin-American Statesman, August 11, 2008 By Asher Price

With Olympics under way, groups protest environment and human rights

A day before the Olympic torch was lit Friday in Beijing, two men in warm-ups, waving bouquets and wearing giant fake gold medals, ascended a podium on a hot street corner in Northeast Austin.

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The Daily Texan, August 8, 2008 By Stephany Garza

Group urges Samsung to recycle

Protesters gathered outside Austin's Samsung plant to show their disapproval of the electronics company for not offering its consumers a free nationwide recycling program for television sets, computers and other electronic devices.

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Dallas Morning News , July 8, 2008 By Jefferey Weiss

Tech trash dealers get with the program to salvage old computers

Tech trash is the fastest-growing category of American garbage. While computers and their assorted peripherals are still a relatively tiny tributary to the national waste stream, they are numerous enough to represent a problem – and an opportunity.

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Austin Chronicle, June 13, 2008 By Kevin Brass

Apocalypse February! Where will you be when the (TV) world comes to an end??!!

Judging by the reaction in some circles, on the scale of media disasters, the nationwide transition to digital television ranks somewhere between the apocalypse and the cancellation of Star Trek. TV service will be ripped from poor minority communities. Millions of outdated TV sets will be dumped into landfills, creating ecological ruin. Families will be cut off forever from American Idol, prompting mass hysteria.

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Business Week, June 2, 2008 By Michael Liedtke

Best Buy testing free e-waste recycling program

Best Buy Co. is testing a free program that will offer consumers a convenient way to ensure millions of obsolescent TVs, old computers and other unwanted gadgets don't poison the nation's dumps.

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Chemical and Engineering News, May 28, 2008 By Jeff Johnson

A Tsunami Of Electronic Waste

ON A SUNNY Saturday in late April, some 4,000 cars and trucks crawled up 16th Street in northwest Washington, D.C., ferrying loads of electronic and other wastes to drop off at the city's semiannual hazardous waste collection event.

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St Louis Post-Dispatch, May 27, 2008 By Jonathan J. Cooper

Switch to digital may clog landfills

The switch from analog to digital television in February could bring problems beyond new costs to consumers: clogged landfills and pollution from old televisions.

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San Antonio Current, May 21, 2008 By Gilbert Garcia

With the digital-TV transition nine months away, millions of Americans remain confused and misinformed

With an estimated 19-million households owning at least one analog-only television, it's reasonable to assume that the looming conversion deadline will spur many consumers to purchase new TVs.

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Fort Worth Star-Telegram, May 12, 2008 By Scott Streater

Harmful chemical wafts off your TV

Common household dust has long been known to carry pesticides, allergens and other irritants. But the dust that coats your television sets might finally answer why virtually every American tested has traces of a chemical flame retardant that might be harmful.


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Fort Worth Star-Telegram, April 22, 2008 By Scott Streater

Recycling Electronics Can Put a Dent in Pollution

When you buy a new computer and bring it home, you take it out of the box, proudly position it in on your desk and plug it in. Then you look down at the old computer on the floor and ask: What do I do with it?

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