news & announcements
Appointee for a Day
Mineral Wells Index: As a representative of the general public, McQuaid was called upon to resign from the council because of his conflict of interest with his wife being in the waste industry.
Don’t Pave the Park
Fort Worth Weekly Op-Ed: We should be preserving existing park lands and acquiring more, not degrading existing parks by doing things like building major roads over the top of them.
Developing World Is Our Toxic Techno Trash Dumpster
Austin Chronicle: Each month, hundreds of shipments of electronic waste exported from the U.S. and Europe to developing countries for supposed reuse and repair are actually dumped and often burned in unregulated conditions, according to a report released last week.
City dumping the way it retires old computers
San Antonio Express-News: The city of San Antonio doesn’t want any more of its old computers to end up in a Nigerian garbage dump.
Zeroing in on Our Throwaway Culture
Austin Chronicle: The Solid Waste Advisory Committee is going to include an ambitious goal of sending 0% of the area’s waste to landfills and incinerators by 2040.
A Mighty Wind
Houston Press: Local sentiment was so strong against the waste industry that protesters had only to point the finger at McCarty to explain their objections: trucks, stink, pollution, sickness.
Residents fight landfill expansion
Austin American-Statesman: Residents have fought for years to close BFI’s landfill and a neighboring landfill run by Waste Management of Texas Inc.
Environmentalists Bypass Washington to Pressure Corporations
Environmentalists went door-to-door in Austin, Texas, where Dell is headquartered, explaining why they wanted the company to do more to keep old computers, which contain toxic chemicals, out of landfills.
Austin postpones landfill changes
Austin American-Statesman: The Austin City Council has effectively scuttled a contract to turn over operations of the city’s landfill to a private company.
Tech Waste Challenges Earth Day Spirit
Associated Press: The Austin-based Texas Campaign for the Environment is asking Apple to reduce or eliminate recycling fees for consumers and build in-store recycling centers.