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Difference Engine: Where gadgets go to die

LIKE many others, Babbage is reluctant to throw out old computers, monitors, keyboards, printers, phones and other digital paraphernalia. Where possible, he guts them of useful parts, and leaves the carcasses in a cupboard in case other bits and pieces may one day also come in handy. For instance, the last computer he built, Bitza-7, was assembled almost exclusively from salvaged components (see “Say farewell to XP”, September 6th 2013). Recently, though, he decided a clear-out was overdue, and hauled the accumulated e-waste off to the local toxic dump.Putting anything containing even a printed circuit board in the rubbish bin for municipal collection is out of the question. Not counting all the other nasty materials used in electronic products, the lead in the soldered joints alone requires such items to be treated as toxic waste. At least, that is the case in California.Babbage’s nearest recycling centre is no backstreet scrapyard, belching fumes from makeshift incinerators and open baths of bubbling acid—like several he has seen in the third world. Open to the public several days a week, the toxic dump in question is part of the University of California, Los Angeles, set up to handle waste from the institution’s medical centre and numerous laboratories. Visitors are greeted by staff in hazmat overalls and rubber gloves, who carefully sort the offerings into different …
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R2 Update Newsletter – August 2015

The top story in August is an update on SERI's project to provide R2 certification training and assistance to several facilities in Latin America.

In this Issue:

  • Another milestone reached in R2 expansion pilot project
  • R2 Ready for Reuse refurbished computers attracting media attention
  • Organizational changes that can affect certification status
  • Focus Material management plan basics

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Battery Recycling Charged Up Across North America

Key partners drive collections; Call2Recycle reports more than 5.7 million pounds (2.6 million kilograms) of batteries collected

Atlanta, U.S./Toronto, Canada – Aug 6, 2015 – Thanks to consumers, retailers, and municipalities, more than 5.7 million pounds (2.6 million kilograms) of batteries – the weight of approximately 433 full-grown elephants – were kept out of U.S. and Canadian landfills and recycled so far this year, reports Call2Recycle, Inc., North America’s first and largest consumer battery stewardship organization.  This significant environmental victory signals battery collections are on target to grow for the 19th consecutive year.

With approximately 90 percent of both U.S. and Canadian residents living within 10 miles (15 kilometers) of one of Call2Recycle’s 34,000+ public drop-off locations, battery recycling has become increasingly simple and convenient. Battery collections from this strong consumer-facing network, including retailers and municipalities, across both the U.S. and Canada increased by 6 percent so far in 2015.  In the U.S., western states, northern plains and the great lakes regions drove the bulk of growth at 11 percent; while regionally, British Columbia and Ontario grew collections by 19 percent and 7 percent respectively.  In fact, since its launch in 2010, British Columbia has collected and recycled more than 4.5 million pounds (2 million kilograms) of batteries.

Last year, Call2Recycle reached a milestone of collecting 100 million pounds (45 million kilograms) in total collections throughout their network in both the United States and Canada since launching in 1996.

Cultivating educated consumers and committed partners has been important for continuing to drive collection growth.  Call2Recycle develops strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations to help promote consumer awareness.  Partners in Canada such as Earth Rangers, Earth Day Canada and BC Green Games, contributed to increased collections resulting in 26 percent of Call2Recycle’s total growth. Dedicated efforts from municipalities, retailers and battery and product manufacturers across the U.S. and Canada also contributed to this growth.

“Partners make continued robust growth possible in collecting batteries for recycling,” said Carl Smith, CEO & president of Call2Recycle, Inc. “Not only do they contribute to convenient drop-off locations across the U.S. and Canada, they also help fuel the message to consumers on the importance of battery recycling to keep batteries out of landfills.”

In Canada, two new jurisdictions, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, recently reconfirmed their battery recycling commitment by signing Memos of Understanding with Call2Recycle, adding to the organization’s status as the provincially-sanctioned program in Manitoba, Quebec and British Columbia.  Additionally, the organization added more than 125 new Ontario municipalities to its collection network.

“Educating consumers, businesses, and municipalities about the ease and importance of recycling batteries continues to be a key priority for Call2Recycle,” said Joe Zenobio, Executive Director of Call2Recycle Canada, Inc.  “Our continuously expanding collection network across Canada and the U.S., makes recycling easy and accessible.”

About Call2Recycle, Inc. 
Founded in 1994, Call2Recycle, Inc. — operating North America’s first and largest consumer battery stewardship program — is a non-profit organization that collects and recycles batteries at no cost for municipalities, businesses and consumers.  Since program inception, Call2Recycle has diverted over 100 million pounds (45 million kilograms) of batteries and cellphones from the solid waste stream and established over 34,000 collection sites throughout the U.S. and Canada.  It is the first program of its kind to receive the Responsible Recycling Practices Standard (R2) certification. Learn more at call2recycle.org or call2recycle.ca or 877-723-1297.  Follow at facebook.com/call2recycle or twitter.com/call2recycle.

For more information, please contact:

In the U.S. In Canada:
Kelly Mack
Environics Communications
krm@ecius.net
(202) 296-2002
Tia Thomas
Environics Communications
tthomas@environicspr.com
(416) 969-2729
Linda Gabor
Call2Recycle, Inc.
lgabor@call2recycle.org
(678) 218-1082
Sandra Abuwalla
Call2Recycle Canada, Inc.
sabuwalla@call2recycle.ca
(416) 307-2858

 

 

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R2 Update Newsletter – July 2015

The top story in this issue is the official launch of the new SERI website, which includes an updated Find a Recycler feature, R2 document library, and Implementation Guide.

In this Issue:

  • SERI launches new website with enhanced R2 recycler directory
  • Understanding the transfer process for changing certification bodies
  • R2 Leaders meet for summit in Austin
  • Participate in industry survey: "How is the e-waste industry maturing?"
  • Used cell phones and the reuse requirements of Provision 6

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R2 Update Newsletter – June 2015

In this issue:

  • French and Chinese translations of R2:2013 to be released this summer
  • Improving certification quality by standardizing procedures and documentation
  • Provision 6(c)(3) requirements for selling untested and non-working parts
  • Q&A – Getting downstream documentation
  • R2 training webinars

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R2 Update Newsletter – May 2015

In this issue:

  • Developing an effective quality plan for Provision 6
  • R2 Leader Xerox: Designing & recycling for sustainability
  • On-site vs. off-site spot audits
  • New bi-monthly webinars for R2 Certified companies
  • Wanted: your suggestions for R2 workshop

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R2 Update Newsletter – April 2015

In this issue:

  • R2 Leader DIRECTV: Promoting sustainability at home & abroad
  • Do you need pollution liability insurance?
  • New SERI website will enhance quality of R2 program
  • EPEAT and the White House's executive order

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