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Computer makers responsible for recycling
San Antonio Express-News: A state law passed last year that went into full effect Monday mandates that PC makers take back old computers, keyboards, monitors, mice and other parts.
With Olympics under way, groups protest environment and human rights
Austin-American Statesman: 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.
LG and WMI Partner to Tackle E-Waste
Greener Computing: LG Electronics and Waste Management will partner to open more than 160 recycling centers across the country to handle masses of unwanted electronics.
City denied use of questionable substance to cover landfill
Port Arthur News: TCE said the rules clearly state if a waste material was too toxic to be allowed into the landfill as waste, it could not be used to cover the landfill either.
National Geographic: Future archaeologists will note that at the tail end of the 20th century, a new, noxious kind of clutter exploded across the landscape: the digital detritus that has come to be called e-waste.
Penske will remove hazardous waste after years of back-and-forth
Austin-American Statesman: The agreement will end a host of lawsuits and counter-suits that have involved the two companies, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the environmental group Texas Campaign for the Environment.
Group Urges Free TV Recycling
Houston Chronicle: A new campaign by the Electronics TakeBack Coalition includes a web site where consumers can e-mail the heads of the world’s largest TV makers, including Sharp Electronics Corp. and Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co., and request free recycling programs.
Dumped by county, BFI Takes Landfill Plan to TCEQ
Austin Chronicle: Last week, commissioners narrowly voted to trash an agreement that would have stamped county approval on BFI’s proposed 75-foot height expansion.
As Landfill Grows, So Does Controversy
Community Impact: Hidden behind the landfill’s seemingly innocuous appearance, much like the waste it hides, is a controversy that has grown with the landfill the past four years.
No decision yet on Wilco landfill
News 8 Austin: The standing-room-only crowd was littered with signs begging for “a better landfill.” Active citizens and environmental groups have played a vital role in making sure the county knows its options.