The California Environmental Protection Agency (CEPA) this week (6 December) announced that Apple Inc had agreed to pay $450,000 to settle claims regarding its mishandling of hazardous electronic waste at its facilities in Silicon Valley, contravening the state’s health and safety codes.
The claims in question refer to the DTSC’s allegation that Apple opened two electronic waste shredding facilities in Cupertino and Sunnyvale without first informing the state.
ISWA has published a roadmap for closing the world’s biggest dumpsites, a ‘global health emergency’ accounting for around 40 per cent of the world’s waste and presenting severe health risks to the four billion people that use them.
Yesterday marked Earth Overshoot Day, the day we use up the last of the natural resources and processes the planet can replenish in a year, but the day was marked in Scotland with plans to galvanise resource efficiency.
A bill has been introduced to the US Congress to stop the export of electronic waste to China in order to clamp down on operations that ‘undermine national security’ by selling counterfeit goods back to American supply chains.
From 1 July this year, minimum charges will be imposed on the residual and food waste put out for collection by all Irish residents in an attempt to increase recycling, reduce waste going to landfill and save residents money.