research & news
Apple to Begin Recycling Customers’ Old Macs
Associated Press: Apple Computer Inc. will soon adopt an environmentally friendly twist for buyers of new Macintosh computers by offering to recycle their old computers for free.
China’s toxic junkyard
Fort Worth Star-Telegram: When discarded computers vanish from desktops around the world, they often end up in Guiyu, which may be the electronic-waste capital of the globe.
HP is pushing states to force recycling of TVs and computers. Here’s why
Business Week: Aided by HP’s energetic lobbying, the greens persuaded state lawmakers to adopt a landmark program that forces electronics companies to foot the bill for recycling their old equipment.
Overflowing with Landfills
Fort Worth Weekly: Last month, the environmental group mailed commissioners thousands of letters gathered from citizens across the state, calling for stronger landfill regulations.
Report: Texas Trash Rules Matter
Few Texans realize that their state has some of the weakest trash standards in the nation. Read our report to learn why stronger rules are needed for super-sized landfills to stop the trashing of Texas.
Planned road at park is killed
Ft. Worth Star-Telegram: Amid persistent opposition from residents, City Council members killed a proposal to build a road along the edge of Trinity Park.
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.
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.