e-waste http://www.kplu.org en Technophilia Seattle swimming hard against the e-waste stream http://www.kplu.org/post/technophilia-seattle-swimming-hard-against-e-waste-stream <p>Americans like to buy the latest devices and that makes us happy ... but it also makes us the biggest contributor to the global problem of electronic waste.</p><p>However, Seattle is home to two entreprenuers who are effectively swimming against the e-waste stream: <strong>Charles Brennick</strong> of <a href="http://www.interconnection.org/" target="_blank">Interconnection</a> and <strong>Craig Lorch</strong> of <a href="http://www.totalreclaim.com/" target="_blank">Total Reclaim</a>.</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2012/01/high-tech-seattle-swimming-hard-against-the-e-waste-stream/"><strong>Read more on Humanosphere.</strong></a></p><p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 19:50:31 +0000 Tom Paulson 3700 at http://www.kplu.org Technophilia Seattle swimming hard against the e-waste stream The desire for the latest e-gizmo is poisoning the poor worldwide http://www.kplu.org/post/desire-latest-e-gizmo-poisoning-poor-worldwide <p><em>&ldquo;This is against international law but not against the law in the U.S.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The media love-fest with digital gizmos is moving from the high-pitched holiday phase (electronic devices are always the top gifts for Christmas) into a smaller, but more intense hysterical phase this week with the opening of the <a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-consumer-electronics-show-20120109,0,2512360.story" target="_blank">Consumer Electronics Show</a> in Las Vegas Tuesday.</p><p>When we buy new gizmos, we usually want to get rid of the old ones. Electronic waste (aka <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_waste" target="_blank">e-waste</a>) is a surprisingly large, toxic and growing burden inflicted, like many such afflictions, mostly on poor people in poor countries.</p><p><strong><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2012/01/is-our-desire-for-the-latest-e-gizmo-poisoning-the-poor-worldwide/">Read more on Humanosphere.</a> </strong></p><p> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 23:02:18 +0000 Tom Paulson 3650 at http://www.kplu.org The desire for the latest e-gizmo is poisoning the poor worldwide Getting rid of that old TV or computer requires due dilligence http://www.kplu.org/post/getting-rid-old-tv-or-computer-requires-due-dilligence <p>If you didn&rsquo;t score that 40-inch LCD flat screen for Christmas this year, you might be scanning sales to get one in time for the Superbowl. Whether you&rsquo;re upgrading or replacing TVs, getting rid of the old clunker can seem like a big project because you can&rsquo;t just throw it out.</p><p>So how do you get rid of electronic waste?</p><p> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 12:30:00 +0000 Monica Spain 3641 at http://www.kplu.org Getting rid of that old TV or computer requires due dilligence The safe way to trash your TV http://www.kplu.org/post/safe-way-trash-your-tv <p>Washington's <a href="http://www.ecyclewashington.org/">electronics recycling program</a> has collected 78,000,000 pounds of e-waste in its first two years. Put in perspective, that's roughly the same weight as <a href="http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishwatch/species/amer_lobster.htm">Maine's lobster catch</a> or <a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/Briefing/Drybeans/trade.htm">US black bean exports</a> to Mexico! The state Department of Ecology says the amount of e-waste recycled each year amounts to 5.8 pounds per person. &nbsp;Old TVs account for 61% of the waste.</p><p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 21:21:23 +0000 Dave Meyer 523 at http://www.kplu.org The safe way to trash your TV