news & announcements
Sony champions free recycling
Fortune: Sony now says it is the company’s responsibility “to provide customers with end-of-life solutions for all the products we manufacture.”
Lead Toxins Take a Global Round Trip
Wall Street Journal: Two recent studies suggest a globalization loop in which toxic materials from high-tech garbage are turned into potentially dangerous goods for kids and shipped back.
Texas legislature passes Dell-backed computer recycling bill
Ars Technica: The Texas House and Senate have passed a bill that would require computer companies doing business in the state to provide free recycling services for those machines.
Biggest polluters don’t bear brunt of new clean-air laws
Houston Chronicle: New bill would require computer manufacturers selling in Texas to establish free and convenient programs to collect and recycle their brand of desktops, laptops and monitors.
Sherman looks to the future
Sherman Herald Democrat: The council action on electronic waste is a resolution asking the State Legislature to pass a bill requiring producers of electronic equipment such as computers, televisions and cell phones, to take back their products when they become trash.
TX Plan To Control E-Waste Could Be National Model
Associated Press: Seemingly everyone involved — environmental groups, lawmakers, large manufacturers including Round Rock-based Dell Inc., and industry organizations like the Texas Association of Business — support the bills.
Highland Village council endorses recycling program
The News Connection: “This has been one of the most pleasurable cities to work in since we arrived,” said Jeffrey Jacoby, Staff Director for Texas Campaign for the Environment in the Dallas area.
Toxic Sweatshops Exposed by Whistle-Blower
Austin Chronicle: None of the roughly 10 e-waste handlers operating in Austin have taken the pledge, despite its prominence in industry publications since 2003, according to TCE.
Landfills: A concern piling up
Clean Houston: The mountain of trash and debris is rising. Houston can still support this type of policy and legislation on producer takeback, minimize its waste and save taxpayers money. How will you make a difference?
Tech Trash Talk Recyclers will discuss future of electronics scrap industry at Austin conference this week
Austin American Statesman: The Texas Campaign for the Environment led a two-year campaign against Dell Inc., including a well-publicized 2003 incident in which members dressed in prison uniforms to protest the use of prison labor in the company’s recycling programs.