Site Launched

October 12th, 2010 launched

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Federal e-waste bill will reveal true intentions of companies and politicians

September 30th, 2010

Good news! HR 6252, The Responsible Electronics Recycling Act, was introduced yesterday! The purpose of the bill is to create a new section of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, that prohibits the export of “restricted electronic waste” from the U.S. to developing nations. However, in order to support reuse, the bill will allow …

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A Unanimous Decision

September 29th, 2010

So simple. As simple as any decent decision should be. No controversy. One that I honestly believe every individual, who does not seek to profit from abusing the environment and people, would agree. Yesterday, the Santa Clara County board of Supervisors voted unanimously to ensure that e-waste from our county is not dumped overseas to …

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The Irrational Rationality of E-Waste Dumping

August 27th, 2010

Really? That is my first reaction in reading the article “3 Reasons Why a Ban on E-Waste Exports is Wrong” by Eric Williams.  (Link) Williams’ hard to believe reasoning: 1.Trade bans have negative economic and social impacts by cutting jobs in the refurbishment sector and reducing supply to used market. His number one reason for …

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July 29th, 2010

Well, it was good, although shocking, to see in black and white that SVTC is not alone in noticing the dismal result of California’s e-waste law. We extend a huge thank you to the Sacramento Bee for their in-depth look at this problem.  What impressed me most was that the article started out with the …

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Creating Dependencies with Electronics Worker Slavery

July 2nd, 2010

Technology is a funny thing. As much as we crave the flexibility that it lends our lives, we don’t like the constant work and responsibility it brings.  Luckily, we can decide our dependence on it – by simply turning off our cell phone or not lugging our laptops around with us.  A report by the …

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More manufacturing should lead to more recycling

May 14th, 2010

IMS research recently released their list of the top 10 PV module producers in 2009. You can see the list below or you can read the full article. First Solar Suntech Power Holdings Sharp Electronic Corporation Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Trina Solar Limited Sunpower Corporation Kyocera Corporation Canadian Solar Inc. SolarWorld AG. Sanyo Electric …

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Survey Wrap Up

April 30th, 2010

We received some great coverage on our first Solar Scorecard. Several companies have contacted us to ask how they can be part of the next scorecard, many have already submitted a form so they can be included next year, and we know that customers are asking their installers if they use panels from those who …

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How Quickly We Discard Electronics

April 14th, 2010

 by Shui Hu – SVTC intern  I am a computer science major, and to be honest, I had no idea what I would write about when I initially turned on my laptop to blog on this site.  Sure, I had heard of electronic waste and some stories about its ill effects on people, especially in Third World …

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Solar Panels: Lip Service to Sustainability?

April 6th, 2010

The blog below was written by student intern Eric Miller. Those of us who peruse SVTC’s blogs regularly know well the litany of hazardous compounds used or created as side products in the fabrication of solar panels – these include aerosolized silicon dust, silane gas, sulfur hexafluoride, sulfur dioxide, and trichloroethane, to name a few. But …

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