What’s Ahead for SVTC in 2015?

December 24th, 2014

By: Sheila Davis, Executive Director, SVTC 2014 was a very productive year for SVTC. We laid a solid foundation for two major initiatives that will keep us very busy in 2015 and beyond. I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on our latest projects—and also to encourage you to join us by making …

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Green Chemistry Regulations Made Simple

November 2nd, 2011

  The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) has been involved in a process in California called the Green Chemistry Initiative; we have been working on it with other NGOs in the CHANGE Coalition (Californians for A Healthy and Green Economy). For me, the process has been challenging. Why? Because it seems only logical that corporations should not put …

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Why is it So Easy to Buy Hazardous Products and So Hard to Get Rid of Them Responsibly?

September 15th, 2011

Recently, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) was faced with these issues when we cleaned-out our office and had to dispose of a variety of items. We found that recycling e-waste was easy because SVTC is an informed resident and we are lucky to have a responsible e-waste recycler in Santa Clara County. But with the household products …

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SVTC testifies at Oversight Hearing on E-waste

March 8th, 2011

Testimony from Sheila Davis, Executive Director Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition To California Assembly Oversight Hearing on Waste Management in California, Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxics Materials and Assembly Committee on Natural Resources February 28, 2011 Mr. Chairman and Committee Members: I am Sheila Davis, and I am the Executive Director of the Silicon …

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Movie Review for "The Story of Electonics"

December 13th, 2010

by Hyunsuk Shawn Yoo, Morgan Abbett students at Stanford University Have you ever thought about what happens to your used electronic products after you dispose them? Well, most computers, televisions, media players and other electronics, after being dumped after an average of mere 18 months of use, either are exported to the third world or …

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Reflections on Solar Power International

October 18th, 2010

I just spent a few days at the Solar Power International Conference in LA. And as the industry grows, so does this conference. Solar Companies from around the world were there to umm… shine (I couldn’t help it). As I went from booth to booth, speaking to solar companies about participating in our upcoming survey …

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The FoxConn Suicides

August 18th, 2010

I am not sure how many readers of our blog have been following the situation at Foxconn in China where a number of workers have jumped to their death due to the fact that they are overworked and underpaid with deplorable working conditions. You can find the story here. Foxconn manufactures motherboards. I saw an …

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#1 Recycling laws save lives and protects human health and the environment

March 23rd, 2010

Mandatory takeback and responsible recycling laws can be written to ensure that the environment and those who dismantle and recycle solar PV panels are protected during dismantling. Unfortunately, our history has proven that we don’t know how to handle electronic waste (e-waste), such as televisions and computers. We are much less prepared for the new …

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#4 – Mandatory takeback and recycling laws can help stop sham recycling

March 10th, 2010

Mandatory takeback and recycling laws that enforce uniform recycling standards will ensure high standards and sustainable practices throughout the solar industry. Without basic standards the solar industry can expect to have its reputation damaged by a few solar companies who take the take the low-road and take shortcuts that lead to dumping and environmental degradation. …

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#5 – Develop Panel Recycling Infrastructure

March 2nd, 2010

Each country where solar panels are sold will have unique hazardous waste, solid waste recycling and collection infrastructures.  We know these differences exist between states, here in the U.S. But you can imagine how much this would differ from country to country? These varying infrastructures are based on a region’s geography, climate, culture and economy. …

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