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​Hewlett Packard Answers the Call for e-Trash Transparency

HP praised by environmentalists for agreeing to reveal electronic waste destinations

Environmental groups praised the Hewlett Packard Company March 16th, for its recent announcement that they will henceforth reveal to the public where all of their electronic waste goes. This call for "e-Trash Transparency" was one of the demands of the global toxic trade watchdog organization, Basel Action Network's (BAN) e-Trash Transparency Project, which utilized GPS tracking devices placed within discarded electronic equipment to find out what really happens with our electronic waste. The project revealed, in its two reports "Disconnect" and "Scam Recycling", that American consumers are often duped by recyclers or thrift shops like Goodwill Industries, when they claim environmentally safe recycling and instead export the equipment to developing countries. BAN's investigation discovered that 40% of old printers and monitors were exported to countries like Pakistan and China where they are most often broken down in dangerous backyard operations exposing workers and the environment to dangerous substances such as mercury and lead. 

"The public has the right to know where their old electronic waste, which is, in fact, hazardous waste, will end up. They have the right to be assured that it will not end up poisoning workers, land, and water abroad," said Jim Puckett, Executive Director of BAN. "We called on all institutions, enterprises and especially manufacturers to pledge to always tell the public where their e-Waste goes. We are thrilled to see HP heed this important call." 

In a blog post of March 3, 2017, HP's Annukka Dickens, HP's Director of Human Rights and Supply Chain Responsibility cited BAN's work and stated: "HP is disclosing its recycling partners to raise the bar for transparency in our industry and to highlight the high standards we set for those vendors. We challenge other companies in and outside of the high-tech industry to follow our lead and disclose recycler vendor standards and performance, as well as the list of recycling vendors they employ globally." 

HP now joins Samsung and LG in being fully transparent in North America about their recycling destinations. However, most IT equipment manufacturers, including Apple, Inc., refuse to tell the public where their toxic e-waste, once collected from the public, will end up. 

According to BAN, Dell Computers, which was called out in the organization's first report entitled "Disconnect: Goodwill and Dell Exporting the Public's E-Waste to Developing Countries", continues to remain secretive about its downstream destinations including the recyclers they employ as part of their Goodwill/Dell partnership program. Dell's policies dictated that they would never export and that their environmental partner recyclers were carefully vetted to ensure only the most environmentally sound operations. BAN trackers revealed, however, that 21% of the devices delivered to the Dell Reconnect program via Goodwill, were exported to Asia. Extrapolating for the entire amount Dell Reconnect boasts it has handled to date, 21% leads to a staggering figure of 90 million pounds exported to Asia in the last 12 years. That would equate to four 40-foot containers a week for those 12 years from the Dell Reconnect program alone. 

BAN and Electronics Industry watchdogs Texas Campaign for the Environment, jointly call on Apple and Dell to be next to commit to disposal chain transparency. 

"It's been 15 years since the world learned that so much e-waste was being dumped on developing countries," said Texas Campaign for the Environment's Director Robin Schneider. "We applaud HP for full transparency and urge all electronics companies to finally let us know exactly which companies are recycling our old electronics." 

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Keeping on top of safety in today’s MRF environment

The safety team at Rumpke, Ohio.

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Vecoplan supports recycling of "ghost nets" recovered from seas

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Recycling instructions added on major water brands

Nestlé Waters North America, one of the nation's leading beverage manufacturers, announced today that it has begun adding the clear and consistent How2Recyleinstruction to the labels on half-liter bottles of all its major U.S. brands. This includes its purified water brand Nestlé Pure Life as well as its regional spring water brands, Poland Spring, Deer Park, Ice Mountain, Zephyrhills, Ozarka and Arrowhead.   

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MetalX plans scrap facility in northwest Ohio

On the heels of last month's acquisition of M&K Metal Processors in Delta, Ohio, MetalX announced that it plans to invest $35 million to build a greenfield, state-of-the-art scrap processing plant in Delta, Ohio. The company intends to develop its new facility on a 60-acre site across the street from North Star BlueScope's flat-rolled steel mill.

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​New Compact Crusher Range to be Unveiled at Steinexpo 2017

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PETERBOROUGH, ON -July 28, 2017 - McCloskey International's expanding crusher line now includes compact crushers, which will make their worldwide debut in Europe's largest basalt quarry at Steinexpo 2017, held from August 31 - September 2, 2017 in Homburg/Nieder-Ofleiden, Germany. Situated in a 1400m2 stand in Demo Area C, Stand C17, the position will allow visitors to witness the power of McCloskey equipment in action, as well as explore new products on the stand.

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​Recyclers to look at present and prepare for future at Annual Commodities Roundtable

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GreenMantra Receives $2.2 Million in Funding for Polystyrene CleanTech Innovation From Sustainable Development Technology Canada

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Staples Canada releases Q1 2017 sustainability achievements

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Walmart Foundation announces new grants available for Canadian organizations focused on reducing food waste

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SWANA Publishes New Composting Operations Safety Tips

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has release a new installment of its "Five to Stay Alive" series that features safety tips for composting operations employees. Like many aspects of solid waste management, composting operations involve physical labor, the use of heavy machinery, and a dynamic work environment. These factors offer the potential for serious injury or fatality if proper safety precautions are not followed.

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Industry Collaboration Delivers More Than $80,000 for Recycling Education Grants

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​Rotochopper announces Generation 2 Colorizer

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Charleston county awards new MRF contract to MACHINEX

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Making Denver One of the Greatest Recycling Cities in the U.S.

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Pioneer Offers Longest, Most Comprehensive Tarping System Warranty

Pioneer the automated tarping systems supplier for the waste, recycling and construction industries, has extended the warranty on new models of its flagship Rack ‘n Pinion tarping system to five years, a new industry standard.  The non-prorated warranty covers the entire system,except the tarp, making it the most comprehensive warranty of any tarping system on the market today.

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​Waste industry expert joins New Way's McLaughlin team

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