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Jack Olmsted

The Electronics Recycling Superguide - Features by PC Magazine - 0 views

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    Consumer electronics-including TVs, computers, peripherals,
    audio equipment, and phones-make up almost 2 percent of the municipal solid
    waste stream, according to the
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    . This percentage may seem
    small and inconsequential, but the quantity of electronic waste is steadily
    rising.



    In fact, the
    EPA
    estimates that the number of obsolete consumer electronics
    sold between 1980 and 2007 is 235 million; a total weight of 2.25 million tons.
    Where are these 235 million units now? Eighteen percent of these products were
    collected for recycling; the rest are, unfortunately, sitting in landfills.
    Toxins (lead, mercury, flame retardants, and the like) from these electronics
    can seep into the soil and ground water, posing serious health and
    environmental
    risks.
Jack Olmsted

E-Cycle: We got to move these color TVs ... | Yakima Herald-Republic Online - 0 views

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    YAKIMA, Wash. -- In its first month, Washington's new electronics recycling program has collected more than three million pounds of waste -- 20 percent to 30 percent more than expected.

    Although pleased with the program's success, regulators of
    E-Cycle Washington are asking people to wait a few months to drop off their electronics so collection sites can catch up with demand.

    "Response has been good, but there are some capacity issues," said John Friedrick, director of the Washington Materials Management and Financing Authority, which oversees the recycling network. "I anticipated there would be a lot more problems, but there haven't been. Overall, I'm very happy with it."
Jack Olmsted

The Wenatchee World Online - Talking trash: Remember to e-cycle e-waste - 0 views

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    Let's talk about electronic waste, better known as
    e-waste.








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    Years ago, if a toy or appliance broke, your mom or dad would
    try to fix it, often with mixed results. But few people understand how
    e-products work, much less how to fix them.

    When televisions and computers first came out, old ones were
    often passed down to relatives, charities or to schools. But now, lower prices
    and rapid development in technology are sending more and more televisions and
    computers to the e-waste trash heap.

    Just how many?

    In 1970, the average household in Washington averaged one
    television set per household, and personal computers were unheard of.

    The Department of Ecology estimates that by the end of 2008
    there will be one television for every person in the state and even more
    computers than people.
Jack Olmsted

LAWMAKER AIMS TO TWEAK ELECTRONICS RECYCLING LAWLAWMAKER AIMS TO TWEAK ELECTRONICS RECY... - 0 views

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    Rep. Zack Hudgins,
    D-Seattle, says a state law that just went into effect to encourage recycling of
    electronics needs some tinkering to make sure it doesn't inadvertently bankrupt
    businesses that fix old computers. Hudgins' South Seattle district includes
    several computer-refurbishing shops. The law went into effect yesterday. It
    allows consumers to recycle computers, computer monitors, laptops and TVs for
    free. It is being hailed as groundbreaking nationally because it marks the first
    time a state has forced electronics manufacturers to pay the entire cost of the
    recycling. But there's a big problem with the law, according to
    environmentalists as well as the computer refurbishers. They say it puts a big
    hurdle in the way of the computer rebuilders. So Hudgins says he is drafting
    legislation in an attempt to fix the problem. The legislation would allow
    nonprofit groups to fix perhaps 500 to 1,000 computers per year for resale to
    the public.
Jack Olmsted

E-Cycle Washington Coordinates Collection | Environmental Protection - 0 views

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    E-Cycle Washington, a new program that started on Jan. 1, allows free and
    convenient recycling of TVs, desktop and laptop computers, and monitors only,
    according to a Jan. 12 press release.

    The makers of these products are providing about 200 collection sites around
    the state. State residents, small businesses, school districts, small government
    agencies, and charities can bring these electronic items to the sites.

    The program is
Jack Olmsted

Lawmaker aims to tweak electronics recycling law - 0 views

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    A state law that just went into effect to encourage recycling of electronics
    needs some tinkering to make sure it doesn't inadvertently bankrupt businesses
    that fix old computers, says a state legislator whose South Seattle district
    includes several computer-refurbishing shops.

    The law allows consumers to recycle computers, computer monitors, laptops and
    TVs for free. In effect as of Thursday, it is being hailed as groundbreaking
    nationally because it marks the first time a state has forced electronics
    manufacturers to pay the entire cost of the recycling.

    But there's a big problem with the law, according to environmentalists as
    well as the computer refurbishers: It puts a big hurdle in the way of the
    computer rebuilders.
Jack Olmsted

Where to e-cycle on the North Olympic Peninsula - 0 views

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    FREE RECYCLING OF television sets, laptop and desktop
    computers and monitors is available in Jefferson and Clallam counties, thanks to
    the state's new E-Cycle Washington program.
    That means no one needs to
    throw away such gear and add to already stuffed landfills.
    Households,
    businesses, school districts, government agencies and nonprofit groups can take
    advantage of the free program.
Jack Olmsted

Reduce, Reuse, E-cycle « Choose MOGO - 0 views

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    E-waste has been in the news a lot lately, with the 60 Minutes expose on toxic electronic waste illegally shipped to other countries, and reports from organizations like the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, who recently traveled to India to track the global e-waste crisis. People are starting to pay more attention to where their electronics go when we lose interest in them.
Jack Olmsted

Technology News: Mobile Tech: Responsible E-Disposal: Attacking the E-Waste Blight - 0 views

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    The winter holidays are over, and brittle Christmas trees and empty champagne bottles aren't alone in many consumers' trash heaps. There are also used computers, televisions, cell phones and other gizmos that have been replaced with fancier models.

    Those piles may be somewhat larger than in recent years, thanks to the imminent U.S. government-mandated changeover from analog to digital television broadcasting. The switch, which is slated for February, has prompted many consumers to flock to retailers for new sets.

    American households have, on average, about 24 consumer electronics products, according the Consumer Electronics Association.
    The winter holidays are over, and brittle Christmas trees and empty champagne bottles aren't alone in many consumers' trash heaps. There are also used computers, televisions, cell phones and other gizmos that have been replaced with fancier models.

    Those piles may be somewhat larger than in recent years, thanks to the imminent U.S. government-mandated changeover from analog to digital television broadcasting. The switch, which is slated for February, has prompted many consumers to flock to retailers for new sets.

    American households have, on average, about 24 consumer electronics products, according the Consumer Electronics Association.
Jack Olmsted

Don't Dump Toxic Electronics ... E-Cycle | TriCities - 0 views

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    BRISTOL, Va. - There's a flip side to that newfangled cell phone found under
    the Christmas tree. Sooner or later, the outdated cell phones clogging the
    kitchen drawer have to go.

    However, when they do go, don't forget that those electronic beeps and
    whistles are powered by mercury, cadmium, lead and other toxic metals destined
    to seep into, and out of, a landfill. And toxic metals, such as mercury, can
    cause brain and kidney damage, as well as cancer, when released into the ground
    and air, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality reports.

    So, instead of dumping outdated gadgets and gizmos into the trash can,
    environmental and industry leaders recommend recycling, which, in the case of
    electronics, is known as e-cycling.

    For nearly six years, Bristol Virginia Public Works has picked up laptops,
    monitors and even fluorescent light tubes left in marked boxes by the curb. As
    part of a statewide e-cycling effort, the technology is carted off during
    regular pickups.
Jack Olmsted

Electronics recycling free in state Electronics recycling free in state - 0 views

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    WALLA WALLA -- If your New Year's resolution involves
    tossing an old computer or television set, you're in luck.
    A new state-sponsored program, E-Cycle Washington, begins
    this year to allow recycling of certain electronic items free of charge. Items
    covered by the program are computers, televisions, laptops and monitors,
    although some businesses may accept other items as well. The program is open to
    private citizens, nonprofits and businesses with fewer than 50
    employees.
    Two local companies participating in the program are CEP
    Recycle and Walla Walla Recycling.
Jack Olmsted

Computer and TV recycling now free - Everett- msnbc.com - 0 views

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    "It is an exciting day," said Sego Jackson, a principal planner for Snohomish County who helped shape the statewide program called E-Cycle Washington. "It's a system that is flipped on its head."

    Hailed as a huge victory for the environment and electronics-saddled consumers, the legislation was the first of its kind in the country when it passed in 2006.
Jack Olmsted

Eliminate e-waste - Living - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington - 0 views

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    The program is operated by the Washington Materials Management and Financing Authority, a quasi-governmental agency created by the legislation to work with the 200 or so manufacturers that sell computers and televisions in Washington state.

    In addition, the state Department of Ecology has certified four electronic waste processing firms - two in this state, one in Oregon and one in California - to disassemble the electronic equipment into separate materials for reuse or safe disposal, including glass, plastic, metal and toxic chemicals.

    The program is designed in part to stem the flow of electronic waste to Third World countries, where it is often dismantled crudely, threatening the environment, public health and the health of workers.
Jack Olmsted

Reduce, reuse, recycle: State law revises donation rules for electronics - Federal Way ... - 0 views

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    It's in with the new and out with the old.

    For many, the holidays brought new possessions. But now it's time to figure out what to do with what you replaced.

    Several local options for getting rid of old clothing, furniture and household goods exist. A new state law will also provide places to drop off old electronics anytime of the year.

    The Salvation Army and Goodwill accept used clothing, furniture and household items. However, items must be only slightly used.

    "If you would give it to a friend, then you can give it to us," said Matthew Erlich, spokesman for Goodwill Tacoma, which operates in 15 Washington counties.

    Clothing items may also be donated to the Multi-Service Center's clothing bank in Federal Way. Donations go to local residents. Payment for the items will not be issued, but the gift is tax deductible.
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