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    The bill bans TVs, CRTs, computers, laptops monitors, fax machines, cell phones, PDAs, game consoles, and CD/DVD players from landfill disposal. The bill started taking affect on Jan. 1, 2008.
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    This bill would enact the Cell Phone Recycling Act of 2004 and would make it unlawful to sell, on and after July 1, 2006, a cell phone in this state to a consumer, as defined, unless the retailer of that cell phone complies with the act.
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    Call2Recycle helps promote environmentally responsible communities, businesses, and retailers through its free battery and cell phone recycling program. These groups collect used rechargeable batteries and old cell phones, and ship them to...
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    Computer Aid International is a UK registered charity that aims to reduce poverty through practical ICT solutions. Computer Aid provides only the highest quality, professionally refurbished computers for reuse in education, health and...
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    CFY's approach is focused and comprehensive. To improve children's learning environment at home, all of CFY's programs are designed to accomplish one of three goals: Enhance the educational resources available in children's homes, Improve...
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    This paper deals with the impact of environmental and ethical considerations on consumer buying behaviour, and is based on the survey responses of 766 members of the Guardian News and Media consumer Brand Aid Panel. Respondents...
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    Some researchers have begun to call into question the dominant rhetoric and policies regarding the digital divide as an oversimplification missing deeper social and institutionalized inequalities that form the root of what might be termed...
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    Includes information on e-waste and a searchable directory of electronics recycling centers in the U.S.
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    Electronics waste is growing exponentially. Televisions are used on average for less than two years. For computers, it's three. Recycling, or "E-cycling," these and other electronic items is critical for preserving landfill space and for...
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    This fact sheet provides brief definitions for terms associated with e-waste issues, including terms related to regulations, electronic device components, management and tracking of e-waste, health effects, and environmental impacts. In...
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    Public Act 95-0959 became the law of the State of Illinois in September 2008. The law establishes a statewide system for recycling and/or reusing computers, monitors, televisions, and printers discarded from residences by requiring...
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    This online primer provides background information on pollution prevention information related to electronic waste and references to essential pollution prevention resources. This primer is intended for technical assistance providers,...
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    The Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator is intended to assist institutional purchasers, including Federal Electronic Challenge (FEC) program participants, in quantifying the benefits of environmentally sound management of...
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    Tech companies are standing in the way of stronger green electronics standards in the US. Device manufacturers are blocking attempts to include strong criteria in electronics standards that would encourage device designs that are easier to...
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    This portion of the Electronics Take Back Coalition web site includes a map of the U.S. noting which states have passed or are considering e-waste regulations. Links to the text of the laws and program web sites are provided. Also includes...
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    The Electronics TakeBack Coalition (ETBC) promotes green design and responsible recycling in the electronics industry. Its goal is to protect the health and well being of electronics users, workers, and the communities where electronics...
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    EPA has been helping to improve the management of used and end-of-life (EOL) electronics for over a decade. EPA promotes the reuse and recycling of used and EOL electronics through various programs, including Plug-In To eCycling and the...
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    This EPA fact sheet provides the rationale for preventing electronics waste and tips on how to reduce this waste stream. Also included are information on how to recycle electronics, tips on making "greener" electronics purchasing choices,...
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    ENERGY STAR labeled cordless telephones, answering machines, and combination units save energy and reduce pollution related to energy generation. This web site includes a list of qualifying products, manufacturers who make these products,...
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    Eraser is an advanced security tool for Windows which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. Eraser is currently supported under Windows XP...
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    The average New Zealand household has two or more television sets and more than one computer, representing a total of over seven million electronic devices.1 Their eventual disposal represents a potential toxic threat to our environment....
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    The following is a list and brief overview of the major e-waste recycling legislation that has been passed in other states.
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    A list and brief overview of the major e-waste recycling legislation that has been passed in other states (besides California). Includes links to text of legislation.
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    This portion of the Federal Facilities Environmental Stewardship & Compliance Assistance Center (FedCenter) web site provides resources related to the electronics stewardship program area. This program area addresses the life-cycle...
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    This report update describes which of the 10 Recommendations from the "Final Report of the Governor's Task Force on Waste Materials Recovery and Disposal" either complete, in progress, or work remains to be done.
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    Senate Study Committee on Green Information Technology to study Georgia’s ewaste and make recommendations; by Dec. 15, 2009
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    This portion of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR) web site provides links to online and hardcopy information related to electronic waste management, as well as relevant events, funding opportunities, expert...
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    This portion of the GLRPPR web site provides links to documents, web sites, events, funding opportunities, expert contacts, and archived GLRPPR Help Desk questions and answers related to recycling and waste exchange. Various subsections...
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    This portion of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR) web site provides links to online and hardcopy information related to sustainable product design, as well as relevant events, funding opportunities, expert...
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    GreenUsesForWaste was formed to offer a unique reference point on environmentally friendly ways to re-use all your waste. Although the focus is the U.K., there are a lot of excellent tips on reusing items you might otherwise throw away....
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    Articles on greener computing available on the GreenBiz website.
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    Greening Schools is a joint project of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Waste Management and Research Center (WMRC). This program is designed to assist schools with improving physical environmental conditions,...
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    Geared toward federal government purchasers but applicable to the private sector as well, this environmentally preferable purchasing guide provides reasons for "greening" your copier purchases, tips on how to do so, some alternatives to...
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    The mass media and the Internet are full of stories about used computers being sold with hard disk drives containing confidential data -- banking account information, credit card numbers, social security data, human resource, accounting...
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    ECO-CELL is the premiere cell phone recycling program for environmentally-minded fundraisers. We're passionate about providing our partners an easy to use, profitable, and environmentally sound cell phone recycling program.
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    Illinoia e-waste legislation that requires manufacturers to establish facilities to accept e-waste from consumers. The law is on a rolling basis and over the next few years the recycling requirements will kick in and by 2012, disposal of...
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    Public Act 95-0959 became the law of the State of Illinois in September 2008. The law establishes a statewide system for recycling and/or reusing computers, monitors, televisions, and printers discarded from residences by requiring...
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    The signing of H.B. 1589 makes Indiana the 19th state in the country to implement electronics waste regulations in the absence of a federal standard. The Indiana e-waste law forces manufacturers to take responsibility for the collection...
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    Indiana law signed 5/13/09. Manufacturers of video display devices, such as TVs, computer monitors and laptops, must recycle 60 percent by weight of their sales of those products. They are required to register with the state by April 2010...
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    Kramden Institute, Inc., is a 501(c)(3)not-for-profit charitable institution whose mission is to empower hardworking, less-advantaged students by giving them home computers, allowing them to bridge the digital divide and advance their...
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    Life cycle analysis (LCA) is the systematic approach of looking at a product's complete life cycle, from raw materials to final disposal of the product. It offers a "cradle to grave" look at a product or process, considering environmental...
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    Life cycle analysis (LCA) is the systematic approach of looking at a product's complete life cycle, from raw materials to final disposal of the product. It offers a "cradle to grave" look at a product or process, considering environmental...
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    Welcome to the IDC Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Calculator that provides a simple way to assess the environmental impact of a product by calculating its energy input and carbon output from cradle to grave. The LCA Calculator developed by...
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    Electronic waste (e-waste) is a term that is used loosely to refer to obsolete, broken, or irreparable electronic devices like televisions, computer central processing units (CPUs), computer monitors (flat screen and cathode ray tubes),...
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    The law requires certain electronic manufacturers** to register with the Maryland Department of the Environment and pay a registration fee if they intend to sell covered electronic devices in Maryland on or after January 1,...
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    This fact sheet discusses how businesses should manage unusable, outdated, and waste electronic equipment. Contacts for more information are also included. (PDF format; Length: 5 pages)
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    This is the text of the bill recently passed in Minnesota which requires electronics manufacturers to pay for collection and recycling of electronic waste from households. The bill requires each manufacturer that sells TVs, computer...
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    This press release from the Computer TakeBack Campaign describes producer responsibility legislation passed in Minnesota in 2007 which requires electronics manufacturers to pay for collection and recycling of electronic waste from...
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    This is a searchable directory of recycled-content products made in Minnesota. The directory may be searched by manufacturer, distributor, feedstock, or category/subcategory. Categories include: absorbents, agriculture, bags, chemicals,...
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    From computers and cell phones, to portable communication and music devices -- the United States of America is, and will continue to be, a global leader in designing and developing new and improved electronic technologies. These...
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    At NextWorth we'll help you sell, upgrade and/or recycle your used gadget or video game the easiest, safest and fastest way possible. We have been helping consumers trade-in and upgrade their iPods, iPhones and other electronic gadgets...
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    This Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) consumer pollution prevention factsheet lists several tips for preventing pollution in your everyday household life. The tips address energy efficiency, water use, packaging, paper use,...
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    EPA and its partners launched the P3 Award in 2003 to promote innovative thinking for moving the world toward sustainability. Through this national student design competition, college students gain new skills and knowledge as they...
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    The Purple Elephant Computer Factory for KIDS! is a nonprofit 501(c)3 that is focused on computer reuse. We accept donated computers, refurbish them, install a new Windows XP image with additional software, and make them available to ALL...
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    The R2:2013 Standard is the latest version of R2, the electronics recycling industry's leading certification. Each provision of the R2 Standard is designed to help ensure the quality, transparency, and environmental and social...
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    Here are five ways you can recycle your old gadgets, with providers that explicitly state that their recycling programs ensure that the hazardous materials from your stuff won't end up in landfills at home or abroad.
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    When recycling CRTs and electronic discards, it is important to choose a reputable recycling market or recycling vendor. Make sure that the company recycling the equipment emphasizes environmentally sound procedures and that it will...
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    Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), the world's largest office products company, has announced that it now makes it easy to recycle used computers and other office technology at any Staples store nationwide, becoming the first national retailer...
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    Stewardship Ontario is a private, not-for-profit organization that develops, funds and operates Ontario's recycling programs for printed paper and packaging (Blue Box) and household hazardous and special waste (Orange Drop). They collect...
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    GreenReportCard.org is the first interactive website to provide in-depth sustainability profiles for hundreds of colleges in all 50 U.S. states and in Canada. Information is based on extensive research conducted for the College...
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    A new report from the Basel Action Network calling out an electronic waste recycler for misleading practices highlights how complicated and potentially risky the e-waste collection issue can be for companies and other groups. Article by...
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    This report (PDF) takes a look at the main issues and players involved in greenwashing, giving an overview of the many types of greenwashing, how it's committed and how to avoid it. The graphic-rich document includes real world examples of...
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    This poster depicts the life cycle of a CD or DVD from obtaining raw materials through manufacture, packaging, distribution, useful life, and disposal. It explains the importance of life cycle management and encourages reuse and...
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    This poster shows the life cycle of a cell phone from obtaining raw materials through manufacture, packaging, distribution, useful life, and disposal. It explains the importance of life cycle management and encourages reuse and recycling....
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    The EPA launched this Web site on stewardship programs to help business, government and private citizens make choices on sustainable environmental initiatives. The Web site lets users find EPA partnership programs, such as the Energy Star...
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    Includes a comparison of e-waste laws by state, with links to state environmental departments, passed and proposed bills, dates of bill passing and date of enactment, as well as a description of which electronics are covered under each...
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    Today, our firm based in Dexter, Michigan is the world's largest recycler and reseller of used cellular phones and accessories. ReCellular partnered with the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association's (CTIA) Wireless Foundation...
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    USEPA website for information on electronics donation and recycling.
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    Gifts In Kind International is a 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to link donor resources to enhance, empower, and restore communities and people in need. We are one of the country's largest charities. Last year, we distributed...
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    The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal was adopted in Basel, Switzerland on 22 March 1989. The Convention was initiated in response to numerous international scandals regarding...
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    Links to electronics recycling centers and programs throughout the United States.
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    Well, now that the switch to digital television has taken place, the question arises: What, besides use it for a doorstop, does one do with the old, faithful analog television if one didn't buy a converter box for it, or simply decided to...
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    CTIA - The Wireless Association and its member companies are committed to the goal of sustainable development and the environmentally sound management of end-of-life wireless products. CTIA's members that manufacture mobile devices are...
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