EPA chief calls for e-waste export ban
E-Scrap News: EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson called for stronger legislation governing the export of scrap electronics.
New report ranks Texas last in recycling old computers
Fort Worth Star Telegram: In 2009, Texas ranked dead last in per capita collections of old computers among the seven states that require manufacturers to take back old equipment from consumers, according to a report released this week by the Texas Campaign for the Environment Fund.
Surprise Veto of TV Recycling Bill Turns Heads
San Antonio Current: Since the 81st regular legislature closed up shop, environmental organizations waited to hear Governor Rick Perry officially sign HB 821, otherwise known as the TV TakeBack Bill, into law. But Perry vetoed the bill instead.
Texas governor rejects TV recycling bill
ABC News: Texas Gov. Rick Perry surprised environmentalists when he recently vetoed the TV Take Back Bill, which would have allowed Texans to recycle their outdated televisions for free as part of the necessary switch to digital TV.
Zombie TVs Keep Walking
Austin Chronicle: No one likes a bill they worked hard on to die, but there’s particular fury in the environmental community today that Gov. Rick Perry killed House Bill 821, the famous zombie TV recycling legislation.
What Happens When You Kill Your TV
Dallas Observer: At noon today in Victory Park, a group of enviro-activists dressed for Halloween dropped to the concrete to rather dramatically mark the end of analog television. As a result, the Texas Campaign for the Environment — the group behind today’s Victory Park demonstration — estimates that 3 million televisions will be tossed out.
Few Rules for Recycling Electronics
New York Times: In a scathing report published early last week, the Basel Action Network, or BAN, an advocacy group based in Seattle that seeks to curb the exporting of electronic waste from the United States, argued that EarthECycle — and companies like it — falsely represent themselves as recyclers.
Bring Out Your Dead (TVs)
New York Times: In February, Best Buy, the largest electronics retail chain in the United States, upgraded its electronic waste take-back and recycling program to make it one of the most comprehensive in the country.
Recycling Analog Televisions
Daily Texan: In preparation for the final transition to digital television on June 12, local and state government officials met with environmental activists at the state Capitol on Wednesday to support legislation that would make television manufacturers responsible for recycling of their products.
Recyclers ready for tons of TVs after switch to digital
Kalamazoo Gazette: Between the Superbowl, which traditionally has given sports fans an excuse to trade up to bigger TVs, and the imminent switch to digital programming, which is scheduled for Feb. 17, environmental groups are estimating that 90 million televisions will become obsolete.