research & news
TV Recycling Report Card
The Electronics Takeback Coalition published this report card on TV manufacturers, grading them on their efforts to recycle their e-waste.
Report: Stop Trashing the Climate
GAIA (Global Anti-Incinerator Alliance), Eco-cycle and Institute for Local Self-Reliance show how reducing waste, recycling and composting can cut greenhouse gas emissions and protect the climate.
E-Waste: The Dirty Secret of Recycling Electronics
Business Week: As the e-waste industry proliferates—some 1,200 mostly tiny companies generated revenue of more than $3 billion last year—it has also become enmeshed in questionable practices that undercut its environmentally friendly image.
Business Week: 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.
Trashed Tech Dumped Overseas: Does U.S. Care?
Scientific American: The EPA knows that e-waste contains cadmium, mercury and other toxic substances, but congressional investigators charge that the EPA has failed to even attempt to clean up the mess—or keep it in check.
Electronics, Cradle Toward Cradle
Daily Green News: As the countdown to the switch to digital television continues, Samsung has joined the ranks of companies offering free recycling of their used electronics.
Door-to-door Initiative To Promote Electronics Recycling
KUHF Houston Public Radio: The Texas Campaign for the Environment has returned to Houston full time after an absence of about eleven years.
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.
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.
Report: What goes around comes around?
This UC Berkeley report describes the levels of cadmium in low cost jewelry.