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Would a Federal Law Help Recyclers, Manufacturers’ E-Waste Management?

As companies and waste management officials struggle with what to do about the growing volume of e-waste, Electronic Recyclers International points out one major reason why e-waste recycling and reuse is struggling in the US. “There is no US federal law that requires the recycling of electronic waste or prohibits … Read more »


Staples Recycles 350 Million Cartridges

Staples today said it has recycled 350 million ink and toner cartridges since 2005, averaging more than 60 million cartridges per year in the past three years. Through the cartridge-recycling program, the company has recycled 182 million pounds of plastics and metals, it says. With Staples’ ink and toner cartridge … Read more »

Samsung, LG TVs Make EPEAT Debut

More than 50 television models from LG Electronics and 71 Samsung TVs are now rated on the Electronic Product Environmental Tool (EPEAT) global registry for greener electronics, which expanded yesterday to include televisions for the first time. EPEAT says this marks the first time a comprehensive standard has been available … Read more »

Coalition Calls for EPEAT to Split From Industry Body

The Electronics TakeBack Coalition has accused industry organization IEEE of overpowering the process of how standards are developed for the Electronic Product Environmental Tool (EPEAT), a global registry that many consumers, governments and universities base their purchasing decisions on. IEEE rules have given major electronics companies too much power, resulting … Read more »

Sony, HP Only Ultrabooks With Easily Replaceable Batteries, Report Says

Sony, HP Only Ultrabooks With Easily Replaceable Batteries, Report Says

Of the new generation of super-thin “ultrabook” laptops only two of 28 major models, Sony’s Vaio T13 and HP Elite Book Folio 9470, have the environmentally friendly function of user-replaceable batteries, according to a report by The Electronics TakeBack Coalition. The report, titled Ultra-Inconvenient, argues that when batteries are not … Read more »

GAO Report Finds Feds Not Always Managing Own E-Waste Responsibly

A report, “Electronic Waste: Actions Needed to Provide Assurance That Used Federal Electronics Are Disposed of in an Environmentally Responsible Manner,” released in March from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that federal agencies still have a long way to go in managing their own e-waste responsibly. Interestingly, problems identified … Read more »

Dell, Samsung, Asus Receive High Grades for Recycling

Dell, Samsung, Asus Receive High Grades for Recycling

Most printer companies and some TV manufacturers failed to get passing grades on a new recycling report card released by the Electronics TakeBack Coalition. However, most electronic product manufacturers received a passing grade, although not one earned an “A” for their take-back and recycling programs. Among the computer, television, printer … Read more »

GAO Report Advises Federal Role to Manage e-Waste Exports

GAO Report Advises Federal Role to Manage e-Waste Exports

A growing number of states have enacted electronics recycling laws to address the lack of a national approach, raising concerns about a patchwork of state requirements, according to a new federal study from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Currently, 23 states have enacted some form of electronics recycling legislation. The … Read more »

Judge Dismisses NYC E-Waste Recycling Suit

A federal judge dismissed a suit that had been brought by the electronics industry against New York City’s new e-waste recycling initiative, according to reports. The suit had been brought against the city by Panasonic, LG Electronics, Sony and Samsung, which argued the new recycling law would have imposed undue … Read more »

HP Bans E-Waste Exports From Rich Nations to Developing Ones

HP has updated its global corporate policy on banning exports of non-working electronics to developing countries with new requirements. The policy now states that HP does not permit electronic waste to be exported from developed (member) countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Union … Read more »

Australia Considers E-Waste Law

The Australian government is supporting a recycling scheme initiated by the television and computer industries to increase electronic waste or e-waste recycling, reports the Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC). But recycling experts say it will be difficult for industry and government to decide on how to run it, according to the … Read more »

Electronics Industry Lawsuit Called ‘Attack on States’ Rights’

As the electronics industry continues its lawsuit against New York City’s e-waste recycling law, a number of state and local government representatives have signed a letter accusing the electronics industry of trying to usurp state rights. The letter was organized by the Electronics Takeback Coalition. The Consumer Electronic Association and … Read more »

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