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.
Biggest polluters don’t bear brunt of new clean-air laws
Houston Chronicle: New bill would require computer manufacturers selling in Texas to establish free and convenient programs to collect and recycle their brand of desktops, laptops and monitors.
Sherman looks to the future
Sherman Herald Democrat: The council action on electronic waste is a resolution asking the State Legislature to pass a bill requiring producers of electronic equipment such as computers, televisions and cell phones, to take back their products when they become trash.
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.