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Perhaps the most easily relatable example how Your Backyard is my Front Yard, environmental impacts cross borders, continents, oceans and even time (as the cumulative effects of environmental impacts become recognized). Yet the cause and effect relationship is clear and undeniable.
The NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation Program is in the midst of an evaluation of workers' health and safety in the electronic waste recycling industry. The first phase of the project is a pilot study to survey a random sample of as many as 100 e-waste recycling facilities nationwide to learn more about e-waste processes, medical monitoring, engineering and other controls, and PPE use, according to a recent online update from NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard.
Humans are fast-paced creatures, always wanting and needing whatever they desire as quickly and efficiently as possible. This has been the way our society has existed since our inception; I want what I want, and I want it now. Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, was on to something when he penned the song "When the Music's Over" off the Strange Days album: "We want the world, and we want it now."
Because hundreds of millions of new cell phones are sold every year just in the U.S., and only a small percentage of the old ones ever make it to a proper recycling facility, our modern mobile lifestyle is creating a huge e-waste problem.
It's a general mandate that data center managers and IT administrators at all levels need to keep power bills as low as possible. Many new-generation data centers are models of 21st century efficiency, but even effectively run systems can always use some advice on how to do things even better.
The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) on Thursday impounded four containers of used electronics, described as e-wastes.
Owners and employees of a string of waste disposal companies have been fined more than £200,000 following Britain's largest investigation into the illegal export of toxic dumped electronics to the developing world.
Computers that were meant to be recycled were instead illegally shipped to Africa, where the personal information on them could have fallen into the hands of fraudsters.
Got old machinery collecting dust? Follow our guide to recycle old desktops and laptops the right way, including erasing all of your personal data properly.
US electronics recyclers have stockpiled 860 million pounds of cathode ray tube glass from TVs and monitors, instead of recycling the material, according to a report from Transparent Planet.
Consumer electronics giants such as Apple and Nokia must do more to curb carbon impacts in their manufacturing and supply chains, according to a Greenpeace report released today.
Many companies deliberately shorten product lifespans to ensure consumers continue spending. 'Built-in' or 'planned obsolescence' may be a savvy business strategy, but it hurts consumers and people in poorer countries.
Waste & Recycling News
The market for cathode ray tube (CRT) glass is shrinking and it's only getting smaller, as more and more old televisions and monitors are being recycled instead of being landfilled, said Steve Skurnac, president of Sims Recycling Solutions.
While most large companies fall short of sustainability leadership, 10 including Ford, GE and Panasonic present best practices for other businesses to emulate, according to sustainability advisor Two Tomorrows.
Times of India
E-waste represents one of the fastest-growing sectors by volume within the global waste industry. The global WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) recycling services market was estimated at $1,424.6 million in 2011.This is further expected to grow to $1,869.3 million in 2017 with a strong compounded annual growth rate of 4%.
The market for e-waste recycling is set to hit $44.3 billion by the end of the decade, more than four times its current size.
The Internet revolution might have revolutionized how we live and communicate, but it's also had a rather more insidious effect on our environment. Strange as it might sound, our rush to buy new laptops and phones - while chucking our old ones into the trash - has led to a new eco disaster in the making.
Environment News Service
In a new study identifying which cell phones are the worst for toxic chemicals, researchers found that 100 percent of the 36 phones tested contain chemical hazards such as lead and mercury. The study was conducted to pressure phone manufacturers into reducing the toxic burden of their e-waste on the environment.
Personal computers are ubiquitous in our everyday life. We all rely on them and, in fact, it would have been impossible for me to write this without one. It is one of the great success stories of our time.
On September 20, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the launch of its Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge, an initiative to make proactive electronics refurbishing and recycling practices the industry standard. To further drive the point home, EPA made the announcement at Vintage Tech Recyclers, a certified electronics recycling facility in Romeoville, Illinois.
Recycling or throwing out any piece of consumer electronics has an environmental cost. Apple is among the most progressive companies dealing with the problem. But is it enough?
The scope of America's digital divide became more starkly apparent to me recently after watching the landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars. It was a stunning technological achievement.
Back in April, Channelnomics looked at how legacy equipment could create recycling and aftermarket opportunities for channel partners. Now, IDC has released a reportsuggesting this market could be better than ever. According to IDC's results, "a great number of U.S. businesses" are having difficulty in driving a recycling program which takes into account the best ways to dispose of legacy hardware and electronics.
As the news and reviews of the iPhone 5 stream across my desktop, a New York Times story by Brian Chen caught my attention. Apple has replaced the long, thin power and data connector port on its legacy phones with a smaller port, on which the company has hung the moniker "Lightening." The new port reportedly satisfies a desire to make the phone thinner.
Waste Recycling News
If you've been following electronic waste news, or environmental news in general, you've probably heard of the E.U.'s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (commonly referred to as the "WEEE" Directive). The initiative officially came under European law in February 2003 and seeks to answer the E.U.'s (not to mention the world's) growing electronic waste problem. As our society heads into 2013, scrutiny of the program builds around the directive's 2020 goal of collecting 10 million tons (approximately 44 pounds per capita) of electrical and electronic equipment within the E.U.
Proposed legislation that would ban the export of certain types of electronic waste has divided recyclers, with the largest industry association opposing the ban and a vocal and growing movement supporting it.
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