Greenbox Appeal to help QLD Flood Victims

The Queensland Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal has been established to help victims of the devastating Queensland floods, which have inundated thousands of homes and devastated communities.

Turn your “end of life” IT equipment into cash relief for the flood victims and their communities.

You can help make a difference by donating your “end of life” IT equipment. All items donated between now and 14 February 2011 will be converted into cash by Greenbox and the net proceeds sent to the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal.

Additionally, for each item processed, Greenbox will donate half the normal processing fees to the fund!!

So, to help those in need, simply click here (& type 'Flood Appeal' in the 'Pick Up Reference' field) or call 1300 20 10 10.

For more information on the Queensland Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal or to donate directly to the Appeal click here.
 

WEEE recyclers admit to overcapacity

Some of the UK's largest WEEE reprocessors have acknowledged that facilities are currently operating below capacity as the recession and leakage of material outside official recycling channels impact on the amount of material available to them.

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The Story of Stuff Project Presents, The Story of Electronics

Why 'designed for the dump' is toxic for people and the planet.

About The Project

The Story of Stuff Project was created by Annie Leonard to leverage and extend the film’s impact. We amplify public discourse on a series of environmental, social and economic concerns and facilitate the growing Story of Stuff community’s involvement in strategic efforts to build a more sustainable and just world. Our on-line community includes over 150,000 activists and we partner with hundreds of environmental and social justice organizations worldwide to create and distribute our films, curricula and other content.

The Story of Stuff Project is fiscally sponsored by the Tides Center. We are supported by grants from both private and public foundations, contributions from viewers, and earned revenue from speaking appearances and DVD and book sales.

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Greenbox services now available on the new Federal Whole-of-Government – Desktop Panel (The Panel) – SON335550

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Greenbox Price Comparison

As a logical extension to its market leading zero-landfill disposal solution, Greenbox is now delivering a full range of desktop logistics and installation services to assist in the deployment of new desktop IT fleets. Greenbox uses the residual value of the outgoing equipment to fund the cost of installation, deinstallation, logistics and ethical (zero landfill) disposal. We then pay surplus funds to you in the form of a rebate.

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What You Should Do With E-Waste?

What You Should Do With E-Waste?

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Greenpeace: HP up, Apple down in green ranks

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China's toxic tormentor

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Gartner and WWF Assess Low-Carbon and Environmental Leadership in the ICT Industry 2010

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Probe: Prison recycle work violated safety rules

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E-waste return scheme set for Sept

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Legislation for a mandatory e-waste take-back scheme is flagged for consideration in July following a meeting with state and federal ministers late last week.

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Greenbox wins iAward

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As many school kids know, the 3Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle – are the fundamental building blocks for protecting the environment. Of course, the order is important. For instance, reducing energy use – convincing my teenagers to take shorter showers or turn off a light once in a while – has more “green” benefits than recycling.

The second R – reuse – has just as much potential to limit environmental impact and cut costs. As data centers regularly upgrade to keep pace with the latest technology, the question inevitably arises – “what do we do with the old gear?”

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Fake Recyclers Profit Off E-Waste


Recycling your electronic waste is a noble idea, but here's the dirty little secret: even if you drop off your old electronics for recycling, it may never get recycled.

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Your old mobile is a goldmine

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We love gadgets to the tune of $5 billion a year, but this is increasing the rate at which we ditch old favourites.

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E-waste2010 South Pacific Regional E-waste Workshop - 21 July 2010, Brisbane Australia

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E-Waste in a Digital World

Electronic waste, techno-trash and dead TVs. It’s proliferating fast, but we love our electronic devices and they generally serve us well. Most of the time.

They offer convenience and pleasure, increase productivity, maximise connectivity, and generate desire, however, they can also contribute to a range of environmental problems. Poor energy efficiency, toxic materials, short product life, and solid waste to landfill, are but a few issues. While the Greening of ICT and consumer electronics is picking up speed with much eco-innovation taking place, it is becoming obvious that industry is leading the way. OEMs, brands and suppliers are short-circuiting the design process to deliver better environmental performance.

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National Television and Computer Product Stewardship Scheme

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Winter Olympic medals made from recycled e-waste

When Olympic champions are crowned at this year's winter games in Vancouver, these elite athletes will be taking home more than just gold, silver or bronze medals—they will be playing a role in Canada's efforts to reduce electronic waste. That's because each medal was made with a tiny bit of the more than 140,000 tons of e-waste that otherwise would have been sent to Canadian landfills.

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Local councils split on e-waste curb-side collection bans

Local councils across Australia are split on whether to ban curb-side collection of electronic waste to keep toxic chemicals out of landfill two months after the Federal Government announced a national recycling scheme.

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Ewaste: the modern day gold mine!

Ewaste, the modern day gold mine!

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Australia: Less Waste, More Resources

Australia: Less Waste, More Resources - Government Moves to Tackle Growing Waste Mounds
First National Waste Policy Released for Almost 18 Years
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Electronic waste in Australia – A growing problem

Electronic waste in Australia is currently growing at over three times the rate of general municipal waste. Computers and televisions are a growing component of this problem according to the Shore Regional Organisation of Councils.

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Indonesia refuses illegal eWaste dump

"The Basel Action Network (BAN), an environmental watchdog organization, reported today that it had successfully prevented nine sea-going containers of hazardous electronic waste from a Massachusetts business calling themselves a recycler from being exported and delivered to Indonesia in contravention of the international treaty on hazardous waste known as the Basel Convention and Indonesian law.  The action was made possible due to a tip by BAN to the Ministry of Environment in Indonesia.

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Greenbox Receives Industry Award

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Where do all the notebooks go?

With the mobility trend in full swing, the channel must consider the environmental impacts.

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The lifecycle of computer equipment at most enterprises has a lifecycle of just a few years. Rapid advancements in processing power and exponentially increasing demands for data storage can result in IT hardware becoming obsolete on a fairly regular basis.

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Twelve Answers to Your Green IT Questions

The time has come for CIOs to get with green. But if you need help in figuring out how to make your IT operations more environmentally friendly, this article will provide you some help. Here are the answers to 12 fundamental questions around green IT

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