Newsletter Archive

New York Passes Statewide Organics Mandate, Plastic Bag Ban

Posted 04-22-2019

Effective March 2020, the state will prohibit distribution of any "plastic carryout bag" (with some exemptions) and allow cities or counties to implement their own five-cent fees on paper bags. New York City, among other local governments, is now expected to take that step. More »

Personal Info Abounds On Used Devices

Posted 04-22-2019

A random sampling of second-hand electronics for sale around Wisconsin found significant amounts of data, including hundreds of pieces of personally identifiable information. More »

Mild Solvent Extracts Cobalt from Batteries

Posted 04-22-2019

University researchers in Texas are developing a nontoxic leaching solution to recover cobalt and lithium from end-of-life batteries. More »

The Spirit of the First Earth Day

Posted 04-22-2019

In the waning months of the 1960s, environmental problems were proliferating like a many-headed hydra, a monster no one could understand let alone tame or slay. More »

Processor Shuts Down Due To Declining Volumes

Posted 03-25-2019

A Kansas nonprofit e-scrap operator has closed its doors, citing dwindling device collections. More »

Rebate Update

Posted 03-25-2019

Lighting rebate expert discusses 2019 trends in utility rebates, “one of the most underutilized sales tools available to distributors.” More »

4 Green Colleges That Are Keeping the Environment Clean

Posted 03-25-2019

Institutions everywhere are pursuing sustainability projects that strengthen the campus while making the larger community more resilient. More »

How to Manage Your E-Waste Liability and Avoid Becoming the Next Cautionary Tale

Posted 03-25-2019

With environmental and legal consequences catching up to more and more e-waste processors, Rich Thompson offers tips on finding a responsible recycling partner. More »

FAA Bans Cargo Shipment of Lithium-Ion Batteries on Passenger Flights

Posted 03-25-2019

The Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Transportation on Wednesday issued an interim rule banning the transportation of lithium-ion cells and batteries as cargo on a passenger craft, as well as setting a 30 percent charge limit on ones shipped as air cargo. More »

Public Money Will Fund GES Cleanup in Kentucky

Posted 02-22-2019

When Global Environmental Services failed, the processor left CRT messes at multiple sites in two states. Years later, with the former owner in prison, government officials are nearing the last of the warehouse cleanups. More »

EPR Program to Cover Host of New Devices

Posted 02-22-2019

Nova Scotia is banning additional types of electronics from disposal, a move that requires product manufacturers to expand their recycling services under the province’s extended producer responsibility program. More »

Major Glass, Plastic Recycling Changes Proposed In Washington State

Posted 02-22-2019

Two bills that would alter statewide recycling programs have been introduced in the Washington state legislature in response to market changes spurred by China's scrap import policies. More »

EPA Releases First Major Update to Chemicals List in 40 Years

Posted 02-22-2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an update of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory listing the chemicals that are actively being manufactured, processed and imported in the United States. More »

NEMA Responds to Light Bulb Standard Rollback

Posted 02-22-2019

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) is responding to this week’s news that the Department of Energy is considering a rollback of certain light bulb standards that are scheduled to go into effect next year. More »

New Avenues in Biomedical Waste Management Developed

Posted 01-21-2019

This year is the 30th anniversary of the Medical Waste Tracking Act of 1988. More »

Veolia Aims to Make E-waste Recycling Easy with RecyclePak

Posted 01-21-2019

Veolia’s RecyclePak is a mail-back program for commonly generated waste, such as fluorescent lamps, batteries, computer electronics and mercury-containing items. More »

SWEEP Standard — LEED for Waste And Recycling — Releases Ambitious Proposal

Posted 01-21-2019

The Solid Waste Environmental Excellence Protocol (SWEEP) Municipal Standard has been published in draft form. Following the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) model, its goal is to evaluate "the environmental, economic and social aspects of providing municipal solid waste services. More »

Global Stadium Lighting Market to Reach $641 Million By 2024

Posted 01-21-2019

According to the report, the global stadium lighting market accounted for USD 389 million in 2017 and is expected to reach USD 641 million by 2024, at a CAGR of around 7.4% between 2018 and 2024. More »

Supplying Reliable Microgrids for Puerto Rico’s Thriving Global Manufacturing Industry

Posted 01-21-2019

Puerto Rico’s diverse range of industrial and commercial facilities suffered hugely after last year’s Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which together knocked out the island population’s power supply, plunging 2. More »

Dissolvable Batteries: What Could They Mean for Recyclers?

Posted 01-21-2019

An Iowa State University researcher developed a technology that could fully dissolve a lithium-ion battery in minutes compared to hours or days. More »
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