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Report: More Jobs, Less Pollution

Read this report from the Tellus Institute and Sound Resource Management to learn about how creating jobs in the recycling industry can conserve resources and lower pollution.

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City of Austin’s Zero Waste Strategic Plan

The City of Austin voted in 2008 to reduce waste from landfills by 90% by 2040. Read their Zero Waste Plan here!

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High-Tech Trash

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Dell launches first free recycling program

Austin American Statesman: Computer maker will take back all products it sold worldwide.

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