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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Photos from India

October 10th, 2008

Members of SVTC, Chintan, and Saahas at a meeting in India Serena, an SVTC intern, in India sipping from a coconut. Women in Bangalore, India, dismantling and processing electronic waste. A pile of electronic waste at a recycling facility in India. Binod (left) of Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group and Luc (right) of GTZ. …

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From Delhi to Hong Kong

September 23rd, 2008

It is still on hard to reconcile the differences between places like Delhi and Hong Kong. The high rises, smooth roads, and shopping malls are in stark contrast to the dusty, bumpy roads in India and the poverty. It felt good to look back on our trip to India and know that we not only …

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Using untested materials to solve E-waste

September 9th, 2008

After experiencing the slums where Delhi’s poorest residents live and sort garbage, it felt like we had traveled 10 light years rather than the roughly 10 kilometers down the road to meet the young, fresh entrepreneurs of TIC Group. It was easy to forget about the heat and harsh conditions outside while I sipped ice …

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Delhi takes plastics seriously

September 4th, 2008

Delhi seems to take the issue of plastic bags seriously – so serious that even their street signs encourage people not to use plastic bags. The reason is, plastic bags are bad for the environment because plastic waste takes centuries to decompose. I would love to see the U.S. take this problem more seriously. Also, …

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Mechanized E-Waste Recycling is Not the Answer

September 2nd, 2008

Each time we visited a recycler in one of the neglected Delhi neighborhoods Chintan Organizer, Binod, was greeted with warm hugs and news about weddings, births and other family matters before settling down to chat about their recycling business. This trust between the Chintan staff and the informal recyclers living and working in cramped nooks …

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