Environmentalists Bypass Washington to Pressure Corporations
Environmentalists went door-to-door in Austin, Texas, where Dell is headquartered, explaining why they wanted the company to do more to keep old computers, which contain toxic chemicals, out of landfills.
Tech Waste Challenges Earth Day Spirit
Associated Press: The Austin-based Texas Campaign for the Environment is asking Apple to reduce or eliminate recycling fees for consumers and build in-store recycling centers.
Environmentalists Protest Apple’s ‘iWaste’
New York Times: Environmentalists said they’re targeting Apple because the company makes it difficult to replace batteries in its digital music players, and it charges many consumers $30 to recycle their unused or broken computers and laptops.
Power of protest felt by Dell
Austin American Statesman: Environmental groups used a low-tech campaign to get computer maker’s attention on recycling.
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.