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Monday, May 2, 2011
Posted By Brad Roderick:
Here is a recent announcement from Reuters Africa, written by Alister Doyle, about a new International project by the Environmental Protection Agency to help track electronic waste from the United States.
OSLO, May 1 (Reuters) – A new international project will try to track discarded U.S. cellphones, TVs and other electronic waste to help recycle everything from gold to rare earths and protect human health, U.S. and U.N. officials said on Sunday.
Many electronic items end up at the bottom of drawers at home when they break or get outdated. Many are shipped abroad for recycling. Others get dumped in normal trash bins and vanish into landfills or are incinerated, releasing toxins.
Only about 10 to 15 percent get recycled properly, said Ruediger Kuehr, executive secretary of StEP (Solving the E-Waste Problem), a project led by the U.N. University that works with firms such as Dell and Nokia.
“Tracking flows around the world … is fundamental to work out solutions,” he told Reuters of $2.5 million in new funds over five years announced on Sunday from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help track U.S. electronic waste.
The project will work with port officials in West Africa and Asia to try to estimate flows of everything from flat screen televisions to computers sent to developing nations for repair or recycling. Health laws in such nations are often lax.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Posted By: Brad Roderick
Here is a recent story from Fox4KC, announcing that Goodwill stores around the Kansas City will be collecting old electronics in an effort to prevent electronic waste in landfills.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Kansas City area Goodwill stores are collecting old electronics. They’re trying to gather 100 tons of e-waste. They’re looking for items like old computers, printers, t-v’s and more.
The items can be recycled and put to good use as opposed to going into landfills. Often times one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.
“This is an initiative, emphasis in the month of April we are continuing it on through the year,” said J. Stuart Hoffman with Goodwill. “Bring e waste items to any of the Goodwills throughout the Kansas City area.”
All of the items donated will be recycled or refurbished through a partnership with Dell. None of the donated items will land up in landfills.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Posted By Brad Roderick:
In honor of Earth Day, the Huffington Post provided a list of Earth Day activities. Here are some of the activities that they highlighted.
Exactly 41 years ago today, the inaugural Earth Day was celebrated with 20 million participants in the United States. Today, April 22, 2011, Earth Day is bigger than ever, with estimates of more than one billion peopleexpected to participate worldwide.
There are a number of opportunities for you to get involved. Earth Day activities range from a picnic to attending an event or sending a text message donation. (And there are plenty more ideas below.)
By choosing to live a green lifestyle, you will not only be improving the environment, but also your health and the well-being of generations to come.
What are you doing this Earth Day? Add your activity to the slideshow below, or tweet it to us using the hashtag #EarthDayFun.
Here is one of the recommendations:
ACT: Text “TREE” to 85944
By texting “TREE” to 85944, supporters will help global tree-planting initiatives in environmentally damaged areas of the world. The text message will be a one-time donation of $5 to fund the planting of five trees.
Donations will be used to plant trees in countries such as Kenya, a nation where forests cover only 2% of the land. According to the campaign, planting new trees can increase biodiversity, reduce atmospheric CO2, and offer economic self-sufficiency for struggling communities.
For more information, visit the Green World Campaign’s website.