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Re: [greenyes] eBay joins tech companies to launch electronics recycling program

Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition and the Computer TakeBack Campaign are
partners in the Rethink initiative of eBAy that was just launched.
Robin Schneider of Texas Campaign for the Environment and I were at the
Consumer Electronics Show to help with the launch.
eBAy links directly to our web site which has a map and a list of
electronics recyclers that have endorsed the Electronics Recycler's Pledge
of True Stewardship. See www.computertakeback.com
These are the "responsbile recyclers" that have pledged not to export
hazardous e-waste, send it to prisons, landfill it or burn it and to follow
sound environmental strategies for recycling
(eBAy also links to recyclers on the EArth 911 site, but none of these has
been screened for meeting even minimum standards, so we are encouraging
eBAy user to ask them tough questions
We are anticipating that this initiative will help to build the business
for the high-end recyclers to help them compete better against the
exporters and prison labor options.
We also believe that with the added business from the REthink links, the
value of the Pledge will increase and encourage more recyclers to endorse
the pledge, so that there is better geographical coverage in all the states
This highlights the need for an effective and environmentally responsible
"certification" program in the U.S. to help deal with the flood of e-waste
that is coming

For more information, see www.computertakeback.com

Ted Smith
Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition/Computer TakeBack Campaign

At 12:38 PM 1/9/2005, Pat Schoenecker wrote:
>Hello Green Yes list Members,
>
>Have any of you heard of this? Is it worth promoting?
>
>Pat Schoenecker
>Environmental Resource Network
>
>
>RE-BAY
>eBay joins tech companies to launch electronics recycling program
>
>Wondering what to do with that old Commodore 64 or Macintosh II
>gathering dust in your basement? According to an eBay survey, you're
>not alone -- some 50 percent of American households have unwanted PCs
>in storage. That's why the online auction giant has launched an
>electronics recycling program they call Rethink. In a partnership
>with environmental groups, postal services, and major tech names
>including IBM, Intel Corp., Apple Computers, and Hewlett-Packard,
>eBay will serve as a conduit for sales, donations, or recycling of
>old electronic equipment. Enviros hope the program will reduce the
>number of gizmos that find their way to the landfill -- currently
>some 400 million every year -- where they can leak harmful toxins
>like lead and mercury.
>
>straight to the source: Austin American-Statesman, Bob Keefe, 07 Jan 2005
><http://grist.org/cgi-bin/forward.pl?forward_id=3954>
>
>straight to the source: Reuters, Eric Auchard, 06 Jan 2005
><http://grist.org/cgi-bin/forward.pl?forward_id=3953>
>
>
>
>
>
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Ted Smith
Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition/Computer TakeBack Campaign
760 N. First Street,San Jose, CA 95112
408-287-6707-phone; 408-287-6771-fax
http://www.svtc.org/ http://www.computertakeback.com






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Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition and the Computer TakeBack Campaign are partners in the Rethink initiative of eBAy that was just launched.
Robin Schneider of Texas Campaign for the Environment and I were at the Consumer Electronics Show to help with the launch.
eBAy links directly to our web site which has a map and a list of electronics recyclers that have endorsed the Electronics Recycler's Pledge of True Stewardship. See www.computertakeback.com
These are the "responsbile recyclers" that have pledged not to export hazardous e-waste, send it to prisons, landfill it or burn it and to follow sound environmental strategies for recycling
(eBAy also links to recyclers on the EArth 911 site, but none of these has been screened for meeting even minimum standards, so we are encouraging eBAy user to ask them tough questions
We are anticipating that this initiative will help to build the business for the high-end recyclers to help them compete better against the exporters and prison labor options.
We also believe that with the added business from the REthink links, the value of the Pledge will increase and encourage more recyclers to endorse the pledge, so that there is better geographical coverage in all the states
This highlights the need for an effective and environmentally responsible "certification" program in the U.S. to help deal with the flood of e-waste that is coming

For more information, see www.computertakeback.com

Ted Smith
Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition/Computer TakeBack Campaign

At 12:38 PM 1/9/2005, Pat Schoenecker wrote:
Hello Green Yes list Members,

Have any of you heard of this? Is it worth promoting?

Pat Schoenecker
Environmental Resource Network


RE-BAY
eBay joins tech companies to launch electronics recycling program

Wondering what to do with that old Commodore 64 or Macintosh II
gathering dust in your basement? According to an eBay survey, you're
not alone -- some 50 percent of American households have unwanted PCs
in storage. That's why the online auction giant has launched an
electronics recycling program they call Rethink. In a partnership
with environmental groups, postal services, and major tech names
including IBM, Intel Corp., Apple Computers, and Hewlett-Packard,
eBay will serve as a conduit for sales, donations, or recycling of
old electronic equipment. Enviros hope the program will reduce the
number of gizmos that find their way to the landfill -- currently
some 400 million every year -- where they can leak harmful toxins
like lead and mercury.

straight to the source: Austin American-Statesman, Bob Keefe, 07 Jan 2005
< http://grist.org/cgi-bin/forward.pl?forward_id=3954>

straight to the source: Reuters, Eric Auchard, 06 Jan 2005
< http://grist.org/cgi-bin/forward.pl?forward_id=3953>








Ted Smith
Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition/Computer TakeBack Campaign
760 N. First Street,San Jose, CA 95112
408-287-6707-phone; 408-287-6771-fax
http://www.svtc.org/ http://www.computertakeback.com






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Ted Smith
Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition/Computer TakeBack Campaign
760 N. First Street,San Jose, CA 95112
408-287-6707-phone; 408-287-6771-fax
http://www.svtc.org/ http://www.computertakeback.com






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