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ICT e-waste, cyber-waste, reuse & recycling

Big Difference in Recycling Lithium Batteries

Lithium batteries are showing up in everything from personal e-gear to communications backup systems to next-gen electric cars. Will they become the next e-waste? And do you know the important distinction between recycling Li and Li-ion technology?

TV E-Waste Around the World: UK, Vietnam, Hotels, Australia

The DTV conversion is gaining momentum worldwide, along with e-waste problems and solutions.

Sweating Our Assets in a CapexLite World

The greenest purchase is often no purchase at all. Many items will have made much of their life-cycle energy/carbon impact by the time they hit our loading docks. "Sweating our assets" refers to getting more productivity and longer lifecycles out of what we already have, an even more critical skill now that access to cheap capital has diminished. There are two GreenICT reasons for doing this.

The Words of e-Waste

Check out IEEE Spectrum columnist Paul McFedries' "E-cycling E-waste" to extend your mastery of the topic with terms like "upcycling" vs. "downcycling", "technical nutrients", "historic scrap" vs. "orphan scrap", "precycle", and others. Here's are some examples:

EPEAT International Product Registry Includes Lifecycle Criteria

The previous post about the new EPEAT international product registry noted the disparity in product availability among registry countries. Why is a product registered as EPEAT-compliant in one country not automatically compliant in all? The answer lies in the fact that EPEAT includes life-cycle criteria. EPEAT Communications Director Sarah O'Brien explained to me:

Powerful Photos of e-Waste in Ghana

Unsettling images of third world e-waste processing are powerful reminders to tend to the life-cycles of our own gear. I've featured the work of Edward Burtynsky and National Geographic; now I continue to learn about new bodies of work.

Green ICT: The Broad Perspective (update)

@geekygreen, a rich source of information on Twitter about UK Green ICT, quotes a speaker at BSIGreenIT, "I would venture that 'Green IT' is actually 'Energy Efficient IT'." This references a reoccurring misconception well worth challenging.

EU Standards: WEEE, RoHS, and more

EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive logo European Community Directives are being increasingly used by manufacturers to label their more sustainable products. Here's a quick review of 3 key directives and 5 codes of conduct:

The Surprising Scope of Personal E-Waste

E-devices are so pervasive in our lives that we might not consider the full potential of personal e-waste reduction. The British weighed in with a law that, according to Discover magazine, expands the e-waste definition to include electrical 'adult toys'. Individual manufacturers are also offering green devices.

The Complexities of e-Waste Disposal

The complexities of monitoring compliance with e-waste disposal regulations were illustrated last year in differing assessments from two different Federal agencies (GAO & EPA). The viewpoints are informative, but the bottom line is that responsible enterprises should complement government efforts by taking a careful look at exactly what their e-waste contractors are doing with the gear. The EPA provides information about what to expect from a good e-waste recycler.

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