Formal But Not Yet Safe

August 28th, 2012

Apple products are poisoning workers who make them. This is well known, thanks to a long campaign by activists. Recently, Apple accepted this too and promised to remedy this….

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The Plight of Electronics Refurbishers in India

July 1st, 2011

In 2009, SVTC traveled to India to work with Chintan, a group in Delhi working on the electronic waste (e-waste) issue. Together we produced the film, Citizens at Risk. In the following blog series we will be updating you on the progress of the work to work with informal recyclers to improve working conditions and …

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What Does India’s E-Waste Law Mean?

May 17th, 2011

  In 2009, SVTC traveled to India to work with Chintan, a group in Delhi working on the electronic waste (e-waste) issue. Together we produced the film, Citizens at Risk . In the following blog series we will be updating you on the progress of the work to work with informal recyclers to improve working …

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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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#10 – SVTC’s Top Ten: Why Solar Companies Must Take Back & Responsibly Recycle

February 5th, 2010

#10 – Irresponsible companies shouldn’t get a free ride Without mandatory laws for recycling, the companies that invest in recycling will give a “free ride” to those companies that do not set up programs. Companies lacking a takeback and recycling program will have an economic advantage since their costs will not reflect the true cost of doing …

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Green Jobs Platform

May 12th, 2009

We hope that by getting solar companies to adopt and incorporate the Green Jobs Platform for Solar into their business model early, the solar industry can become a beacon of sustainability by protecting its workers and the planet, rather than a throw-back to the dark manufacturing practices that have dominated the high-tech sector. We’ve already seen unfortunate spills in China.

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Response – DTV Switchover – TV Manufacturers

February 18th, 2009

For those of you haven’t heard, 681 of the 1,800 TV channels will stop broadcasting in analog next Tuesday, despite the legislative delay for June 12th, 2008….

I don’t see it as a political victory, but an attempt to postpone something that will darken the TVs of millions of people in the U.S. and cause a lot of electronic waste down the road.

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A Look Back at Our 2008 Benefit

November 22nd, 2008

The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) would like to thank sponsors, guests, and supporters for making our 2008 Benefit a success!

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60 Minutes Segment

November 11th, 2008

Last night’s CBS 60 Minutes segment was about electronic waste in China. They showed a film crew attacked by gangsters in Guiyu, China and reporter Scott Pelley incredulously referred to the village – a hub for illegal e-waste recycling – as “the most toxic place on earth.” The 60 Minutes crew captured scenes of women …

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Premier of SVTC and Chintan’s Documentary on E-waste and Labor in Delhi, India

November 6th, 2008

Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition has finished their journey to India and has brought back a wealth of knowledge and stories they would like to share with you! SVTC and Chintan created a documentary covering the electronic waste, recycling, dismantling, and labor in Delhi, India. The film, “Citizens at Risk: How toxics in computers poison the …

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