Recycling an old TV

June 17, 2013 — 1 Comment

We recently got a new TV out of absolute necessity as the picture on our 7 year old screen went completely kaput. Selling it is not an option since it is no longer working at all. So I have been exploring what alternatives are available so that it doesn’t ultimately take up space in the landfill or get shipped to an unethical recycler in another country.

Here are some of the options I’ve found:

1. The Freecycle Network: This is a nonprofit network that connects people who want to give away or find stuff for free in their own town. It’s a great way to reuse object that would otherwise be sent to the landfill. www.freecycle.org

2. eRecycle: It is actually illegal in the state of California to dispose of electronic waste in the regular garbage. This location search helps identify qualified recycling organizations nearby to properly dispose of the out-of-date electronics. www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Electronics/Collection/

I would just suggest that you do your own due diligence when choosing a company to determine their commitment to sustainable recycling. R2 and E-Stewards are Responsible Recycling Certifications that confirm the company you choose is dedicated to following regulated recycling standards. There is a zip code search at www.greenspotdropoff.org/.

3. Donate to a thrift store: Many nonprofit organizations will accept donations of televisions and other electronics that whether they are working or not. Contact your local Goodwill, Salvation Army or other charities that accept donations. They may be able to repair or re-purpose the electronics as needed.

4. Recycling Events: The city also holds designated events for the sole purpose of recycling old electronics. Check out the Environmental Services section of your city’s website. For example, here is the schedule for San Diego: www.sandiego.gov/environmental-services/recycling/events/reselectronics.shtml

Remember that any electronic no matter how large or small can be recycled and that each action we take to move in a responsible direction has a greater impact that we could know. Happy recycling!

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University of California, San Diego will be the home base for the innovative energy storage technology that combines ultracapacitors with concentrating photovoltaic. This system is being designed to improve integration and saturation of solar power plants into the grid which will ultimate help the state of California attain it renewable portfolio standard goals of 33 percent.

Maxwell Technologies, Soitec Join Forces To Demonstrate Benefits Of Integrating Energy Storage With Concentrating Photovoltaic (CPV) Technology – MarketWatch.

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The Natural Resources Defense Council published a good article summarizing the USDA announcement to reduce, recover and recycle wasted food in the US. Check out this article for more exciting information on what changes the USDA plans to make to reach their food waste reduction goals.

US Joins World to Take on Challenge of Food Waste | Dana Gunders’s Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC.

Over the weekend, the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station was permanently closed after being out of commission since January 2012. It was determined that the cost and risks associated with the repairs necessary to prevent the release of radioactive steam was far too great for Southern California Edison and the surrounding communities. This new development will leave California with two distinct areas to address, disposal of the nuclear waste and power generation replacement.

The San Onofre plant closing has left the state of California with one of the largest nuclear waste clean up jobs in the world. Radioactive waste continues to be unsafe long after generation as it takes between 10,000 and up to millions of years to completely break down. It wouldn’t be surprising if this major disposal process acts as an incentive for the state legislators to act even more prudently in favor of clean energy than the renewable portfolio standard already requires.

During the operation of the plant, it contributed to about 20% of the power produced for Southern California. This deficit of energy generation should be viewed as an opportunity for clean technologies to step in to provide a safe and renewable alternatives. The basic infrastructure for wind and solar energy has already been established so they would be the obvious choices to amp up the implementation needed to the necessary scale. Imagine wind and solar farms replacing the domes and waste of the nuclear plant.

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June 1, 2013 — Leave a comment

This is nice encouragement to keep up the great work each one of us does to combat climate change in any way. Each contribution, no matter how large or small, makes an even larger impact that we could know. Have a happy weekend!

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How awesome is this solar-powered boat!?! It didn’t only complete its trip around the world but it set a new record doing so. The crew beat the boat’s previous 2010 record by 4 days, 6 hours and 38 minutes.

World’s largest solar-powered boat completes its trip around the world.

The ARPA-E (Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy) program is funding some very exciting high-risk clean tech projects. The projects include from biofuels made from non-food crops, a freezer system that powers from soundwaves, and wind turbines made out of fabric.

5 super-cool energy projects being backed by the U.S. government | MNN – Mother Nature Network.

The San Diego Union Tribune is at it again with their exaggerated and oversimplified version of environmentally responsible water policy in San Diego. They should be embarrassed of this rant indeed.

There have to be better ways to create jobs and improve U.S. energy security than approving the Keystone Pipeline. The risks far outweigh the rewards in this scenario.

Exxon Arkansas Spill Raises Scrutiny of Keystone Pipeline – Bloomberg.

This is beautiful sight for green technologies! In 2012, Apple upgraded their facilities so that the data centers are now running on 100% solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal. They also updated their corporate facilities so that they are now powered by 75% renewable energy (previously 35% a year ago).

Apple Says Data Centers Now Use 100% Renewable Energy – Bloomberg.