Dell, HP expand recycling programs
Associated Press: The world’s two largest personal-computer manufacturers have gotten a little greener. Dell Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co. announced free programs to encourage U.S. consumers to recycle toxin-filled computers and electronics.
Electronic waste is growing
San Antonio Express-News: Getting rid of obsolete electronics will cost San Antonio taxpayers $56 million by 2015, according to a report released by the Texas Campaign for the Environment.
Study finds suspect chemicals in computer dust
Austin American-Statesman: Dust on computers in government and university offices throughout the country, including one tested at the University of Texas, contained measurable levels of several fire retardant chemicals that are under mounting scrutiny as human health risks, according to a report to be released today in Austin.
Disposable DVDs at Crossroads
Wired.com: Environmentalists criticized Disney for releasing its films on EZ-D, charging that the product would lead to unnecessary waste in landfills.
It’s not easy being an EZ-D anymore
Daily Texan: In order to fight the production of these DVDs, The Texas Campaign for the Environment mailed 1,200 postcards to Disney protesting this product and staged demonstrations at retailers.
Report: Poison PCs and Toxic TVs
The National Computer TakeBack Campaign (now the Electronics TakeBack coalition) released this national report which documents the extent, the environmental impact and cost of the electronic waste problem.
Breast milk study finds chemicals
Austin American-Statesman: Armed with two studies showing elevated levels of fire retardants in the breast milk of American women, including some Austinites, a Texas environmental group called for a ban on the chemicals Tuesday.
Dell changes recycle vendors
Austin American-Statesman: Stung by mounting criticism for using federal prison labor to recycle computers, Dell will begin using other recycling contractors instead.
Report: Toxic Sentence
This report from the Computer TakeBack Campaign highlights the prison labor and dangerous working conditions of computer manufacture in the early 2000s, and the environmental justice impacts of the computer product life-cycle.