REN newsflash

Harmonization of E-waste Statistics Comes a Step Closer
10 February 2015
UN organizations introduce guidelines for classification, reporting and indicators to capture the most important elements of e-waste. The guidelines facilitate the implementation of harmonised concepts to measure the size of a country’s e-waste market, its transboundary e-waste movement and the e-waste recycling performance within that country. The data collected will support policymakers i...
Defra Report “Understates” Resource Sector’s Green Growth Potential
10 February 2015
Responding to the Defra report published last week, which looked at the worth of waste and resource efficiency to the UK economy, the Resource Association says that it believes Defra has understated its potential for further growth. It estimated that the core resource sector generated £6.8bn in gross value added, supported 103,000 jobs in 2013 and could generate an extra £3....
Electronic Recyclers International Partners with United Nations University, US EPA and Basel Convention for “Person in Port” Project
9 February 2015
Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), the nation’s leading recycler of electronic waste, hosted and helped train guests from around the world last week as part of the “Person in Port” program. The program was launched by the United Nations University (UNU), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Basel Convention Coordination Centre for Africa (BCCC) i...
Case Studies on Environmental Crime Published by EFFACE
5 February 2015
The consequences of burnt and buried waste in Campania, Italy; Illegal shipment of e-waste from the EU: A case study on the illegal export of e-waste from the EU to China; Or money laundering in relation to illegal logging. These are just three examples of case studies the EFFACE project recently published. EFFACE – short for “European Union Action to Fight Environmental Crime” &...
China Finds Waste is a Terrible Thing to Waste
3 February 2015
China is playing a significant role in reducing the world's carbon footprint since it became the biggest importer of recycled materials, used extensively in the country's rapid infrastructure construction. Also, improvements in China's recycling industry regulations have helped to improve the standards of recycling globally. "China's growing economy has created great demand f...
Consideration of Highly Hazardous Chemicals Advances at World Chemical Safety Meeting
27 January 2015
International delegates at a global forum set up to achieve sound management of chemicals worldwide, have agreed to address the problem of highly hazardous chemicals (HHPs). This action comes nearly thirty years after the role of pesticides in widespread sickness and death throughout the developing world was first revealed. “These pesticides have caused millions of deaths worldwide and caus...
16th issue of Newsflash released
22 January 2015
The highlights of this issue include:   § Capacity building workshop for customs officers in Pacific Islands Countries and joint meeting with ozone officers was held in Tonga § Draft Technical Guidelines for the Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of POPs Wastes released § Council and European Parliament agree on updated rules for shipment of waste Click here ...
Plastic Waste Documentary Brings China's Environmental Crisis Home for Viewers
15 January 2015
“Plastic Kingdom“, a documentary outlining how imported plastic waste pollute many parts of the country, has shocked many and sparked discussion after it was broadcast and reported on in various media outlets. Independent filmmaker Wang Jiuliang spent three years on the film, visiting plastic recycling centers around China to unveil the darker side of the industry, which isn't wel...
West Dumping E-waste in India and China
13 January 2015
Developed countries are dumping their electronic and electrical waste, popularly termed e-waste, in countries like India and China in the name of ‘charity,’ a recent study conducted by researchers in India, China and UK has revealed.  “A huge amount of used electrical items and equipment are entering India and China from different developed countries. Those items are free f...
New York Makes it Illegal to Put Electronics in Trash
7 January 2015
Starting in 2015, it will be illegal to leave computers and other electronics for curb-side trash pickup in New York State, as part of an effort to fight e-waste. Throwing computers, cell phones, tablets and other electronics in the garbage creates a big environmental problem. Maintaining landfills prevents large areas of land from being used more productively (and we consider natural habitats pr...
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