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.
With Olympics under way, groups protest environment and human rights
Austin-American Statesman: A day before the Olympic torch was lit Friday in Beijing, two men in warm-ups, waving bouquets and wearing giant fake gold medals, ascended a podium on a hot street corner in Northeast Austin.
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.
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.
Penske will remove hazardous waste after years of back-and-forth
Austin-American Statesman: The agreement will end a host of lawsuits and counter-suits that have involved the two companies, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the environmental group Texas Campaign for the Environment.
Group Urges Free TV Recycling
Houston Chronicle: A new campaign by the Electronics TakeBack Coalition includes a web site where consumers can e-mail the heads of the world’s largest TV makers, including Sharp Electronics Corp. and Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co., and request free recycling programs.
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.”
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.
Texas legislature passes Dell-backed computer recycling bill
Ars Technica: The Texas House and Senate have passed a bill that would require computer companies doing business in the state to provide free recycling services for those machines.