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The Benefits of Reusing Electronics

Fundamental to CompuCycle’s R2 Standard is the emphasis on reuse as the best approach to managing electronics.   Reuse extends the useful life of electronics, thereby reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing new products.  In addition to the widely recognized environmental benefits, reuse also provides economic and social benefits by bridging the digital divide with affordable electronics – particularly in emerging markets.  In many regions of the world, the technology boom of the past decade has been fueled in large part by access to affordable used electronics. 

Houston….Summer is here!

Warm is an understatement. It’s HOT out there and we need to embrace this weather! Whether your to-do list this season involves camping, traveling, barbecues or any activities outdoors, there’s an electronic device designed to make it even more fun! Here are some summer electronics that will enhance your favorite outdoor activities. How many of you are already enjoying these out there?

Battery Recycling Bill

Texas is currently undergoing a huge change regarding the recycling of single-use and rechargeable batteries. The Texas Legislature is analyzing a law that mandates take-back and recycling for all household batteries.  Should the bill pass, it would be the first ever in the country to cover both single-use and rechargeable batteries.

CODE GREEN: George R. Brown Convention Center Visit

Today, CompuCycle attended the HGAC - Regional Recycling Roundtable Event at the George R. Brown Convention Center that included a presentation followed by a facility tour.

We were extremely impressed with the efforts in place to recycle, save energy and compost food and beverage. In 2011, Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center earned the LEED Silver certification for an existing building. The certification requires GRB operations to save energy, minimize water usage, reduce CO2 emissions, recycle waste materials and maintain high standards for indoor environment quality and operate the building as efficiently as possible. There is a very comprehensive list of how the GRB integrates environmental and social sustainability everyday.

Why Isn't the U.S. Recycling Rate Growing

A newly released report from the U.S. EPA indicates that aside from a stagnant recycling rate in recent years, national e-scrap finally rose to 40 percent in 2013. The rate in 2013 ascended from 30.6 percent to 40.4 percent. The U.S. generated 3.14 million tons of municipal solid waste in 2013 and recovered 1.27 million tons for recycling and composting. Even though the rise in recovery is positive, it is still unclear whether the hefty increase in electronics recycling rate from 2012 to 2013 is due to an actual increase in recycling or the outcome of upgraded and expanded data.

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