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  • Extended producer responsibility and the e-waste problem

    The practice of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is picking up steam, most notably in the information technology industry. A growing number of companies are taking on greater levels of responsibility for the environmental impacts of their products - from point of manufacturing through to end of the life recycling. E-waste recycling is taking off, but obstacles remain to its widespread ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Frost & Sullivan: E-waste Market Returns to Growth

    E-waste represents one of the fastest-growing sectors by volume within the global waste industry. Due to this fact and to impending legislative targets the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling market looks very promising during the next few years with plenty of opportunities for its participants across the value chain. According to a new analysis by Frost & Sullivan ...


    By Frost & Sullivan

  • It’s time to tackle construction and demolition waste

    A little known fact of Canadian achievements is that on a per capita basis we generate more wastes than any other country in the world. Construction and demolition waste forms a large part of this dubious distinction. In 2009 the Canadian Council for the Ministers of the Environment (CCME) developed a waste action plan to tackle this problem. In the first phase of the plan, specific materials ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Using lasers to detect explosives and hazardous waste

    A soldier in a humvee aims a portable device at an abandoned car 50 meters away (more than 150 feet). Pressing a button, a laser in the device fires. She reads a screen, and beckons her patrol to move away quickly. In a lab, a technician is inserting a fragment of a toy into a sample case, inserting it into a machine, and pressing a button. He inserts one fragment after another—each test takes ...

  • Technology for TASi: High-tech equipment for waste treatment

    It wasn't a law but a simple administrative regulation in the form of a technical guideline that provided the key impulse for the diversion of waste flows in Germany away from landfill sites. In the course of the implementation of this Technical Directive on Residential Waste (TASi), the technology for treating waste underwent an extraordinary development. This is especially true of thermal ...


    By Koelnmesse

  • Conference to Spotlight New e-Waste Management Solutions for Kenya

    A National e-Waste Conference and Exhibition was held in Nairobi, Wednesday, to identify solutions to Kenya's mounting e-waste problem. Focusing on the potential economic and environmental benefits of the responsible management of e-waste, stakeholders discussed ways to reduce the hazards arising from the disposal of electronic equipment in Kenya. Electronic waste is now Kenya's fastest growing ...

  • Undercover operation exposes illegal dumping of e-waste in Nigeria

    Following a three-year undercover investigation, we’ve shown once again that electronic waste - like your old TV set - still isn't being responsibly recycled like it's supposed to be. Instead, e-waste is being disguised as second-hand goods and shipped off to Nigeria, where it is sold, scrapped or illegally dumped. The undercover operation, carried out with the help of Sky Television, is further ...


    By Greenpeace International

  • Real-time on-line COD monitor saves money, energy and waste

    A true on-line monitor that enables accurate, sensitive, real-time analysis of Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) is now available from Camlab, one of the UK's leading scientific suppliers and service/repair agents. The innovative PeCOD analyser, which is capable of generating a reading every 15 minutes, provides unrivalled analysis data of waste or discharge streams.  On-line, real-time ...


    By Camlab Limited

  • Solid Wastes Industry Announces New Policy on Product Stewardship

    The National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) today announced a new policy on product stewardship, expressing the recycling and solid waste industry’s position that product stewardship may increase the safe management of some products, in particular those with toxic constituents such as mercury. Product stewardship laws require manufacturers to be ...


  • Countries Move Forward on Important Issues for Sustainable Management of Chemicals and Waste

    Significant steps were agreed upon early this morning by parties to the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions, as the 2015 Triple COPs drew to a close. Staged under the theme "From Science to Action: Working for a Safer Tomorrow" from 4 to 15 May 2015, almost 1,200 participants from 171 countries converged on Geneva to push forward the chemicals and waste agenda at this biennial event. A ...

  • Dead floppy drive: Kenya recycles global e-waste

    In an industrial area outside Kenya's capital city, workers in hard hats and white masks take shiny new power drills to computer parts. This assembly line is not assembling, though. It is dismantling some of the estimated 50 million metric tons of hazardous electronic-waste the world generated last year. The clanking is rhythmic as the workers unscrew, detach and toss motherboards onto piles of ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA Settlement with the City of Buffalo Protects Residents from Hazardous Waste and Materials

    Under the terms of an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the City of Buffalo will host nine community recycling events to collect fluorescent light bulbs, electronic waste, and household hazardous waste from city residents. This program will reduce the likelihood of exposure by residents to harmful chemicals found in these products, while also reducing the amount of waste ...

  • E-Waste Legislation Could Prove a Major Boon to GTSO’s Recycling Initiative

    New legislation to keep more e-waste out of landfills could prove to be a major boon in Green Technology Solutions’ (OTCBB: GTSO) expansion efforts into the billion-dollar urban mining industry. Electronic products have become the fastest-growing portion of the solid waste stream in the U.S., posing a daunting challenge to government agencies that oversee landfills. Many discarded ...

  • Global E-Waste volume hits new peak in 2014

    In 2014, people worldwide discarded all but a small fraction of an estimated 41.8 million metric tonnes (Mt) of electrical and electronic products according to a new United Nations University report. And the volume of e-waste is expected to rise by 21% to 50 million Mt in 2018. According to the report, just two countries — the US and China — discarded nearly one-third of the ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • EPA adds nine hazardous waste sites to superfund’s national priorities list

    The US Environmental Protection Agency is adding nine new hazardous waste sites that pose risks to human health and the environment to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites.  Also, EPA is proposing to add 13 other sites to the list.  Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the ...

  • EPA adds 11 hazardous waste sites to superfund’s national priorities list

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is adding 11 new hazardous waste sites that pose risks to human health and the environment to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites. Also, EPA is proposing to add 10 other sites to the list. Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country. To date, ...

  • Tallahassee solid waste services earns green building label

    The City of Tallahassee's Solid Waste Services Administration building has received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED, Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council. It is the second municipal building in Florida and the first in North Florida to earn the distinction. LEED certification is the points-based benchmark for the design, construction and ...

  • Hunting for Hidden Treasure - The International Trade Fair for Waste Management and Environmental Technology shows how waste can be turned into valuable resources

    Urban mining — the recovery of raw materials from waste — is the vision of the future for the global waste-management industry. This aims to conserve natural resources and protect the environment, but that's not all. For today, there are also increasingly good business reasons to recycle and reuse materials from the waste generated in advanced economies. This is because of a growing demand — and ...


    By Koelnmesse

  • EnviroSolutions. Inc. Announces It Is Doing Its Part to Keep E-Waste Out Of Landfills

    From a consumer’s standpoint, technology evolves at what seems to be the speed of light. Yesterday’s newest handheld device is tomorrow’s outdated electronic waste. On average, laptops are designed to last between three and five years. Cell phones, and by extension their accessories, are lucky to last two years before being traded in or disposed of for a shiny new upgrade. In an ...

  • EC taking timid step towards solving e-waste challenge, says EEB

    EEB, Europe's largest federation of environmental citizens' organisations, welcomes the European Commission's proposal to strengthen the Directive on the recycling of waste electronic and electrical appliances (WEEE [1]). The proposal safeguards the environmental objectives and the main provisions of the original WEEE Directive such as individual producer responsibility (IPR), which creates ...

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