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Green ICT In Our Own Communities


e-waste CRT
Rural E-Waste #1 - December 2017
 
e-waste CRT plus other waste
Rural E-Waste #1 - 10 Months Later
Removed November 2018
2 e-waste CRTs
Rural E-Waste #2 - May 2018
Removed November 2018
e-waste: CRT & flat screen
Rural E-Waste #3 - October 2018
Removed within a week!

We have much to learn from all the global Green ICT activities, but we can't forget to pay attention to our own communities. I've been documenting a steady increase in local rural e-waste since December 2017. The City of Madison, the jurisdiction responsible for the location of #3, acted quickly to remove the e-waste. Dane County finally removed #1 and #2 almost a year after it was first reported.

Global Green ICT Update: Africa-Middle East

Updates from Africa and the Middle East. Our most recent is about East Africa Green ICT workshop. Click on 'ME-Africa' tag above for all news about the region. Click here for regional Green ICT updates from around the globe.

The BBC reports that Togo is trying to deal with a rising tide of imported e-waste. "Local environmental body E-Waste Centre estimates that 500,000 tonnes come into the country every year...While it is not against international law to export used goods to other countries, the problem comes about if these goods no longer work as outlined by treaties such as the Basel and Bamako conventions. The Bamako convention, which came into force in 1998, commits African nations to banning the importation of hazardous waste, including radioactive material. It also encourages countries on the continent to adopt legislation to control the importation of near-end-of-life or unwanted equipment by designating such equipment as hazardous waste." A video in the BBC article has a local recycler describing his current load of 130 TVs as coming from "Germany and Holland".

Togo still ranks low on the 2017 Global E-waste Monitor ranking of African nations by per-capita e-waste, with only 0-1 kg/inhabitant.

University Town Illustrates the Flaws in America's Consumer E-waste Handling



E-waste Collection at UW-Madison Moving Days - 2016

We've show how, in my locality, America's approach to consumer e-waste provides dis-incentives to rural residents. This post shows the same dynamic at play with university students. But the city did temporarily remove one barrier during a flood.

Green ICT Innovations

Researchers and businesses are advancing innovative ideas with potential for mainstream Green ICT. These range from products and services available today to futuristic concepts for tomorrow. The latest looks at the possibility of biodegradable batteries made from paper.

How Fast Is Global E-waste Growing?

The most recent update on global e-waste from a consortium of international organizations gives us new data about the problem's scope and grow. Per-capita e-waste growth is slowing, the overall amount is growing with the world's population.

Mining E-Waste

Our latest update looks at the potential value of the e-waste recycling market and at the challenges nanoscale ICT poses to realizing that potential.

EPA's SMM Electronics Challenge

The United States Environmental Protection Agency's Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge "encourages electronics manufacturers, brand owners and retailers to strive to send 100 percent of the used electronics they collect from the public, businesses and within their own organizations to third-party certified electronics refurbishers and recyclers." ICT companies have performed well in the Challenge. Dell, LG, Samsung all received top recognition.

How Long Do We Keep Our Devices?

It is difficult to get reliable data on how long we hold onto the 24 billion edge devices attached to the global ICT infrastructure. Diverse device types and cultural practices complicate the issue. So do changing purchase and lease plans. Here is our latest calculation on the average in-service life of a mobile device.

Global Green ICT Update: Europe

Updates from Europe. Click on "Europe" tag above for all news about the region. Click here for regional Green ICT updates from around the globe.

2017

TCO Developement offers A Guide to Sustainable IT Purchasing with TCO Certified. The TCO Certified program is Euro-centric, but anyone seeking to improve their Green ICT purchasing can use this comprehensive approach. The Guide offers thirteen "Leading Edge Sustainability Criteria", eight points of verification, and a three-phase purchasing process.

Greening the Media Industry

Electronic media infrastructures and gear are important components of global ICT as movies, television, music, and books all go digital. This post offers a global sampling of sustainability in e-media. We just added albert - a UK entertainment industry initiative.

After you have finished with this post, see more by clicking on the "Green media" tag, above.

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