E-waste runoff from local dumps hugs a riverbank in Guiyu, China.

New Perspectives for E-Waste Treatment in China

What happens with those million tons of e-waste after they have been discarded? Well, four options exist.

The E-Waste Stream is Growing: What Can We Do?

Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream. How can recyclers, retailers and governments make it easier and simpler for consumers to recycle…

E-waste: The Nuts and Bolts of Why It Still Plagues our Landfills

We're a recycling society these days. Wherever you live, chances are there's a recycle program for a myriad of reusable items - even…

Why We’re All a Part of the Green Electronics Conversation

If users of electronics are to be true advocates for a circular economy, it’s time to take note of those decisions and engage…

How Dell is Closing the Loop

Consider this: Less than 15 percent of electronic products are recycled each year. Dell hopes to improve these numbers with its design-for-environment-inspired OptiPlex…

Biodegradable Computer Chip: E-Waste No More?

If wood-derived, inexpensive microchips are our first step in widely adopting environmentally friendly electronic materials, we could be on the road to removing…
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Best Buy: E-Waste Take-Back is Excellent Customer Service

Best Buy’s electronics take-back and recycling program is self-subsidizing but “barely profitable.” So, why does the electronics retail giant stay in the business…
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As Phones, Laptops and Tablets Shrink, Challenges for Recyclers Rise

As laptops displaced PCs in popularity, the level of standardization and upgradeability dropped, which makes reuse harder than it used to be. But…
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Is There a Business Case for Product Take-Back?

There are many environmental and financial benefits to extended producer responsibility (EPR): the idea that a product’s manufacturers and retailers should assume responsibility…

Where Do Mobile Phones Go When They Die?

As a society, we need to ask the hard questions about whether the e-waste we create is handled in a manner that we…

The State of Green Electronics: Where We Are Now

The electronics of tomorrow hold both great technological promise and the potential for environmental peril, says Robert Frisbee, CEO of the Green Electronics…
What if we embraced sharing electronics the same way we did sharing cars?

It’s Certified Pre-Owned: No, Not the Car, the iPad

An estimated 140 million cell phones end up in landfills each year. With those cell phones go 4.7 tons of gold (worth $56…

How the Mobile ‘Kill Switch’ Will Help Businesses and the Planet

California's forthcoming mobile kill-switch law will impact businesses positively, and, moreover, the planet as a whole is better off with this technological implementation.

Sprint Offers $5K to Students Who Find Innovative Ways to Recycle Smartphones

Have a bright idea for a new way to recycle an old smartphone? This week, Sprint launched its first-ever Smartphone Encore Challenge that…

Reverse Supply Chain Management ‘Closes the Loop’ on Waste

E-waste poses a large and growing threat to ecosystems, natural resources and communities the world over. By offering OEMs and supply chain partners…