January 2, 2006

‘E-cycling’ puts new life in electronic junk

Arcane PCs, printers, monitors and other obsolete gizmos are stacked high along the walls of the dusty suburban Atlanta warehouse, awaiting reincarnation before a line of grisly industrial shredders.“To us, they’re plastic, copper, aluminum and steel,” said Nader Nejad, who runs Molam International, Georgia’s largest electronics recycling depot.Each month, a million pounds of electronics are […]

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December 21, 2005

Weighing human rights against electronic waste disposal

For most of us, environmental protection means saving trees, cleaning up oceans and the very air we breathe. But what about basic human rights? How is it that our discarded television sets or computer monitors are threatening the environment and the health and lives of humans?Currently, up to 80 percent of this electronic waste meant […]

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November 30, 2005

Central Valley entrepreneur urges California business to embrace China

Central Valley businessman John Shegerian says China offers a vast, virtually untapped market for American goods, especially many of those produced in the Central Valley.Mr. Shegerian is president and CEO of Electronic Recyclers of America LLC, a Fresno-based electronics waste recycling company. He accompanied Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on a trade mission to China in mid-November.“China […]

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September 30, 2004

California to Step Up CRT, Cell-Phone Recycling

Under a new law effective in January, the state will charge consumers $6 to $8 per computer monitor or other display device as it addresses the scourge of electronic waste. A similar cell-phone program will start in 2006.California consumers will be charged $6 to $8 per computer monitor or other display device starting Jan. 1 […]

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June 6, 2004

Vista company smashes computers for recycling

Bob Erie is in the computer business. But he doesn’t manufacture them or reconfigure their hard drives. He destroys them.His company, Computer Recyclers of America, takes apart computer monitors, among other electronics products, and prepares them for recycling.“Old computers to server equipment to printers to satellite equipment – you name it, we destroy it,” said […]

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November 15, 2000

Hazardous Waste: Getting Rid of Old Computer Hardware

Imagine sitting in your office absorbed in the logistics of your ERP implementation when the telephone jars you out of your reverie. Your CEO is on the line, your general counsel is sitting by his side, and they demand to see you right away. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified a local landfill […]

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April 10, 2000

Millions of Obsolete PCs Enter Waste Stream

People swamp Web sites that offer free computers, but Paul Kirk couldn’t give away 800 Pentium PCs last fall.Computer disposal firms declined to take the machines, saying they were already loaded with castoffs that weren’t year 2000-compliant. Charities and schools said 133 MHz was too slow for them.Finally, Kirk, information technology manager at United Companies […]

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