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Zombie TVs Keep Walking

Austin Chronicle: No one likes a bill they worked hard on to die, but there’s particular fury in the environmental community today that Gov. Rick Perry killed House Bill 821, the famous zombie TV recycling legislation.

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What Happens When You Kill Your TV

Dallas Observer: At noon today in Victory Park, a group of enviro-activists dressed for Halloween dropped to the concrete to rather dramatically mark the end of analog television. As a result, the Texas Campaign for the Environment — the group behind today’s Victory Park demonstration — estimates that 3 million televisions will be tossed out.

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Few Rules for Recycling Electronics

New York Times: 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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Bring Out Your Dead (TVs)

New York Times: 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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Recycling Analog Televisions

Daily Texan: In preparation for the final transition to digital television on June 12, local and state government officials met with environmental activists at the state Capitol on Wednesday to support legislation that would make television manufacturers responsible for recycling of their products.

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Austin losing money on recycling contract

Austin American Statesman 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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Recyclers ready for tons of TVs after switch to digital

Kalamazoo Gazette: 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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Austin wants zero waste status by 2040

Associated Press: 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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TV makers taking steps to reduce e-waste

KVUE News: With the constant upgrades consumers get with computers, cell phones and TVs, it’s no surprise that electronic waste is the fastest growing part of American waste.

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Fear and Greening in Las Vegas

Popular Science: 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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