Vermont Governor Signs Bill to Boost Electronics Recycling in the State

Vermont Governor Jim Douglas has signed a bill that aims to make it easier to collect for recycling electronic scrap from residents of the state.

Starting the first of next year, the state’s will adopt a plan for the collection and recycling of all electronic waste in the state. In developing the plan, consideration will be made to look at the existing electronic waste collection opportunities and services in each county to determine whether such opportunities and services are adequate.

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ZAGG Partners with Gazelle to Promote reCommerce

ZAGG Inc., a leading producer of electronics accessories for protecting and enhancing the mobile experience, including the popular invisibleSHIELD(TM) and ZAGGaudio(TM) brands, has signed an agreement with Gazelle, the nation’s largest consumer electronics reCommerce service.

Gazelle will power a ZAGG-based website at zagg.gazelle.com that offers trade-in and recycling services for electronics. Interested parties will be able to submit their old electronic devices, including laptops, cell phones, GPS devices, digital cameras and over 30,000 models of electronics in over 20 different product categories. In return, the sender will receive a ZAGG gift card equal to the value of the product.

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Minimizing E-Waste: Save More! Increase The Life of Your Printer Cartridge

To reduce ink use and save money, the University of Wisconsin Green Bay’s IT department has changed the default font for Outlook to Century Gothic, which it says requires 30% less ink in printouts than Arial, the most commonly used default font. Ink accounts for about 60% of the cost of a printed page, the IT unit says.

Doing this not only helps you save on costs but also extends the life of your cartridge!

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Indian Government: E-Waste Rules Within A Month

With illegal recycling of used electronic goods like mobile phone and computer posing environmental and health hazard, the Government will in less than a month come out with e-waste management and disposal rules.

Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour, Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh told the Rajya Sabha that he was personally against import of second hand computers in the name of charity as this “e-waste” posed danger to environment and human health.

He, however, did not say if a ban on import of used electronic equipments like computers would form part of the e-waste management guidelines.

Computers, mobile phones and other electronic gadgets become e-waste at the end of their life cycle, he said.

“For the first, Government is coming out with rules for managing e-waste…

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Hong Kong Generating 70,000 tons of E-Waste Annually

Hong Kong generates around 70,000 tonnes of WEEE each year and the volume has been increasing at a rate of 2% annually in recent years. WEEE contains hazardous substances that are harmful to the environment and human health if not properly treated or disposed of, therefore they must be handled with care. Mr Yau said the Government issued a consultation document on January 18 to solicit public views on introducing a mandatory producer responsibility scheme (PRS) for the proper management of WEEE.

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E-Waste Still An Emerging Trend in India

Only about 5% to 10% of the over 330,000 tonnes of e-waste generated in India gets processed in the organised sector. Kabadiwallas handle the rest in the informal sector but have the advantage of having a more door step presence and often a relationship with the clients. In their first year of operations, Eco Reco handled 1,300 tonnes of e-waste. That was 18% of their installed capacity of 7,200 tonnes. The biggest challenge was that the Concept of ‘e-waste’ was not very prominent in India

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A Video on E-Waste

The folks at Good Magazine put together a nice animation on E-waste and how it affects the world

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Data Left on Old Computers is a Boon for Scam Artists

Old computers and mobile phones that people have thrown away to be re-used or recycled are often not thought of again by their owners, but in fact they still may have very sensitive personal data on them that can often be worth a lot more to criminals than the recyclable materials contained in the device. On Thursday, the European Data Protection Supervisor, Peter Hustinx, warned that the European Commission’s current proposal to recast an old directive on e-waste – the WEEE directive, for ‘waste electrical and electronic equipment’ – was focussing only on the environmental considerations of junking old equipment, and had entirely forgotten about the threat to data left on laptops and PCs by their original owners.

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Basel Action Network (BAN) launches New E-Waste Recycling Program

The Basel Action Network, a Seattle-based non-profit that largely exposed the overseas dumping of U.S. electronic waste, on Thursday launched a program to use third-party auditors to certify recyclers who don’t export hazardous electronic waste.

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