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More Responsible Recycling = More Jobs (42,000 of Them)

A new study, released today, shows that a federal e-waste export bill could create up to 42,000 American jobs — a shot in the arm for the economy, and good news for the environment.

Solving Asia’s e-Waste Problem

From Eco-Business: To alleviate suspicions of greenwashing, or the  phenomenon of companies deceptively promoting themselves as environmentally-friendly in order to win over consumers, governments must look into ways to accreditate the CSR efforts of businesses.

Residents Near e-Waste Site Face Greater Cancer Risk

Residents living near an e-waste recycling site in China face elevated risks of lung cancer, according to a recent study co-authored by Oregon State University researchers.

BAN’s Jim Pucket Receives International E-Recycling Award

A giant congratulations to Jim Puckett of the Basel Action Network/e-Stewards, recipient of the Swiss Cowbell Award at the International Electronics Recycling Congress for “pioneering and breathless work to prevent the globalization of toxic waste…”

Computer Company Pleads Guilty to e-Waste Violation

The EPA reports that on October 18, 2012, Mark Glover and Discount Computers, Inc. (DCI) pled guilty to crimes associated with electronic waste, making it the first e-waste conviction in the country.

How to Recycle Your Phone, PC and Other Tech Gear

From Computerworld: “There may also be private recyclers near where you live … it’s difficult for you to know whether they will recycle the electronics responsibly. A good place to find one is through e-Stewards, which sets high standards for electronics recyclers and certifies those that meet those standards”

WSJ: CIO’s Face Web of Green Standards

From the Wall Street Journal: CIOs who don’t want computers to end up contaminating landfills or being picked through by data thieves should make sure their recyclers are certified under the federal e-Stewards standard, says Sue Chiang, Center for Environmental Health.

World’s Largest e-Waste Recycler to Become e-Stewards Certified

In a statement, Sims Recycling Solutions, Inc. said it believes that the e-Stewards program provides the most clear, unambiguous and robust approach to e-waste processing. Sims will certify each of its 14 North American electronic recycling sites to e-Stewards.

Why Junk Electronics Should be Big Business

From artstechnica: The global manufacturing of electric and electronic devices requires a total of $21 billion in gold and silver every year, yet less than 15 percent of these valuable metals are recovered from electronic waste, according to representatives at the UN-backed initiative, Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP).