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Texas-Sized FAIL on e-Waste

“State lawmakers gave the environmental agency the authority to ensure that companies won’t rely on ‘sham recyclers’ that actually export and dump our old electronics on developing nations overseas, but today the state agency sadly chose not use that authority.”

E-Waste + Developing Countries = Neurological Risk

A news report in The Lancet, one of the world’s leading medical journals, directly links e-waste “recycling” in developing countries with serious neurological risk. “… many people are working without any kind of protection—most aren’t even aware of the potential risks.”


Rare Earth Metal Driving Japan’s e-Cycling Politics

The second in our Report: E-Cycling in Japan, by Yuka Takamiya of the e-Stewards Initiative. One reason the Japanese government recently became serious about solving the e-waste problem is China’s recent halts of rare earth exports — crucial raw material for Japan’s electronics sectors.

GSA Announces New e-Waste Policy for Fed

At a Philly e-Stewards Recycler, the GSA announced that federal agencies must reuse electronics to the maximum extent possible and then direct non-functioning products to third-party certified e-waste recyclers, such as e-Stewards.

UN: e-Waste Imports Add to Growing Problem in West Africa

Aside from domestic consumption, the e-waste problem in West Africa is exacerbated by an ongoing stream of used EEE from industrialized countries, much of it labeled for “re-use” but proving to be e-waste, says a new report by the UN.

Report: e-Cycling in Japan (Part 1)

Part one of a first-hand report by Yuka Takamiya of e-Stewards.

I recently had an opportunity to spend a few months in Japan conducting research on the current situation of e-waste recycling. Here’s what’s really going on with e-cycling there.

Pakistani Newspaper Notes e-Waste Imports, Risks

In-country report: Hazardous E-waste has become one of the biggest health risks of this century in Pakistan, with rising trend of bulk imports of used and obsolete computers and other electronic equipment from the West, taking full advantage of “yet to be enacted E-waste laws” in the country.

Ghana: Incoming e-Waste a Growing Problem

Ghana reports that at least 35% (and perhaps much more) of imported, second-hand electronic and electrical equipment (EEE) is non-functioning, most of that coming from the EU and the USA. Some is repairable — but fails soon and adds to Ghana’s growing e-Waste crisis.