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New Jersey presses residents to recycle e-scrap

New Jersey presses residents to recycle e-scrap

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Jan. 3, 2013

The administration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is leading a charge to encourage residents to follow the state's e-scrap law and recycle used electronics.

Anticipating a surge of electronics replaced by newer devices this holiday season, the Christie administration is attempting to help spread the word about the importance of recycling e-scrap and the state's significant steps toward accommodating the process.

"These electronic devices can no longer be placed at the curb for trash pickup," state environmental official Bob Martin told NJ.com. "They can be taken to specially designated e-waste recycling drop-off points conveniently located in our cities and towns or to retailers that accept these materials."

Under the state's e-scrap law, which went into effect as Christie assumed the governorship in 2010, residents are required to recycle many of their used electronics free of charge by dropping them off at retailers, such as Best Buy, UPS and Target, or municipal collection sites. Most electronic items, including televisions, computers and tablets, are covered under the state program. Residents are only encouraged – not required – to recycle some other products, such as cell phones, DVDs, VCRs, video game consoles.

Electronics manufacturers are tasked with funding the recycling program and thus far, state officials say, the program has been a major success. But with e-scrap volumes continuing to climb and the holiday season just wrapping up, state officials are trying to ensure that the program continues to be a success through its public awareness campaigns and website, which provides a full list of drop-off locations throughout the state. Hundreds of locations have been added since the program began in 2010.

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U.S. Isn’t Flooding the Third World With E-Waste

U.S. Isn’t Flooding the Third World With E-Waste

“By Adam Minter - May 26, 2013

Every year, Americans toss out as much as 4.5 million tons of old mobile phones, laptops, televisions, Xboxes and other electronic gadgets

Some is recycled; some is repaired and refurbished for reuse; and some is thrown into landfills or incinerators. Almost none of it, however, is “dumped” overseas.

That, at least, is the conclusion of the first comprehensive survey of what happens to U.S. e-waste after it is dropped into a recycling bin. Published in February, the study by the U.S. International Trade Commission surveyed 5,200 businesses involved in the e-waste industry (companies that received the survey were required by law to complete it, and to do so accurately), and found that almost 83 percent of what was put into American recycling bins in 2011 was repaired, dismantled or recycled domestically.

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The Hidden Environmental Risk of IT Asset Remarketing

The Hidden Environmental Risk of IT Asset Remarketing

"By Cindy Miller, Published May 26, 2013 – IT Asset Disposition Blog

When your company turns its retired IT equipment over to a vendor for asset remarketing, what happens to the equipment that vendor can’t sell as a working asset? It’s a more important question than you might think. As you know, the market for used IT assets is fickle and very dependent on trends. If too many of a certain piece of equipment flood the market—because an upgrade has become available, for example—it can be difficult to sell that piece of equipment for a profitable price. But if it doesn’t sell, something must be done with it. Your company, as the original owner of the equipment, may still be liable if it is disposed of improperly. Whether your company’s IT assets are collected by recycler or a remarketer, it’s crucial you understand their entire process through to the final disposition of your assets. The cost of environmental non-compliance is too high not to do your homework.

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