March 2006

Recycling programs raises awareness

Environmental organizations are now calling on the United States to follow Europe’s example and immediately implement the global ban on the export of hazardous wastes from the United States to developing countries and likewise to solve the E-waste problem “upstream” by mandating that the electronics industry institute “take-back” recycling programs.

It was recently reported in COMPUTERWORLD that The United States Postal Service (USPS) is also considering a partnership to create a nationwide e-waste recycling program.

The Postal Service said it would offer the service through its approximately 38,000 retail locations, 300,000 collection boxes and 290,000 letter carriers. Post office lobbies could be used to promote the program, as collection points for e-waste or for distribution of packaging and labels used for return shipments, the USPS said.

In Texas, Goodwill Industries is managing a partnership between Goodwill, Dell Computers and the City of Austin to recycle computers.

 


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