Universal Chicken E-Waste or EPA CRT Rule Egg E-Waste?

Swimming Pool? Drowning is dangerous!  Be prepared!
Is an "e-waste" device, such as a CRT computer monitor, hazardous to manage?  What is the safest way to handle a working computer monitor which you have replaced with a new flat screen?

What if you don't have time to read a long blog, and don't have time to edit it into a short one?  Time's up!  Choose your safety standard!

It all comes down  to who you trust, and in Vermont, you don't trust business.  Here is a short Q and A about exports... based on "fair trade recycling".   Another approach, in Vermont's draft regulations, will make reuse hardly worth the effort.

The CRT fails TCLP tests (designed to replicate landfill leaching).  So you should not landfill it.  Landfill  bans were first instituted in Massachusetts when I was recycling director in that state.   (They did not require legislation).  Vermont got around to banning disposal in January 2011.  Having caught up with the standard MA adapted 12 years ago, now Vermont is ready to classify "e-waste" (including used electronics which do not even fail TCLP) as "universal waste", though EPA has not classified them as such.  Not only that, but EPA wrote a long Rule explaining in detail why doing so would be a mistake, and would lead to worse environmental outcomes.


Definition of Solid Waste (DSW): Before a material can be classified as a hazardous waste, it must first be a solid waste as defined under RCRA. Resources, including an interactive tool, are available to help.
USA EPA has an interesting interactive tool on its hazardous waste page which helps define how an object (such as a CRT television) can fail TCLP tests, yet not necessarily be considered either a hazardous or universal waste.


A moon suit is more expensive than a swimsuit.  But "Which is the best standard" is not the same as "which is the most expensive standard".  Destroying reuse and printing meaningless universal waste labels do not make anyone safer.

Pos7ing on Fac3B00k Re: 3Gyp7

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News is starting to come out from our contacts in 3gyp7 recently.   The most noticeable thing is that all the messages written to one another in Arabic and in English have numerals sprinkled into almost every word.   The Technocrati or Geeks of Color are assuming that the government will try to filter and censor the internet, but they realize it's a task that only a machine could do, and are using tricks to foil the machine.

(This NYTimes article, appearing a week later, seems written to describe exactly our techie friends)

Egyp7 has long been one of the most important markets for used and repairable computers.  There's a saying in the "e-waste" reuse trade, that if you find a discarded computer with Egyptian handwriting on it, don't bother trying to repair it, as it could not possibly have been discarded without good reason.

During the past ten years, I've directly or indirectly exported hundreds of thousands of used computers.  Pakistan, Dubai, Egyp7, Malaysia and Indonesia have been, taken together, the largest market (Dubai is a free trade zone used for Iran, Iraq, and other markets with high trade barriers).  If you consider Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, and Cameroon as Islamic

Bluntly: BAN should get a real Job

In the next decade, environmentalists must learn to drop dogmas as fast as pharmacies pull bad medicine. Good intention buys finite trust. 

Not to put too fine a point on it... The self proclaimed "Stewards" have not done much good.  They have been too timid to abandon a half truth which brought income.  They are human.

Ms. Vicki pre-electricity
Retroworks de Mexico is a fair trade, women-owned, CRT glass Test passing, socially conscious operation creating jobs for Mexicans in Mexico, sending all toxics back north.  The Watchdogs gave some tepid praise, but never publicly.  And when an investor called them about RDM, we never heard from the interested investor again.  BAN later did imply that if I adjusted my stance, they could help to leverage future investments for us... Pay to play.


We needed an investor to give the ladies electricity.  

Try to imagine how I felt. I put my damn house on the line, sent reporters, put the Las Chicas Bravas up in my home, made sure it was OECD and legal.  I flew people from Mexico to Investors Circle, to meetings with EPA headquarters in Washington, to meet with recyclers at all the big conferences.

BAN did acknowledge that Mexico was OECD, and that reuse is better than recycling.  They said they could help, if we make the Chicas an "e-Stewards" Operation.  But BAN's offer of help began with the solicitation that we pay them money, coming out of Las Chicas investment, for a copy of the standard we'd have to meetWe had to pay money to see the rules????

"E-Waste" Recycling: Reseach Papers on Psychology

Look at an African holding a laptop.

Now close your eyes...

What did you see?
What did you see?
What did you see?

In the 1960s, university psychology research documented how prejudice and preconceptions affected testimony.   A photo was shown for X seconds of one person handing a purse (for example) to another person.  Then the photo was hidden, and then the surveyor asked the witness what they had observed.

The studies measured instances where a minority was one of the participants in the photo, and how often that correlated positively with witness recollection of a crime  (one person was snatching the other person's purse).  This research resulted in a consensus that "profiling" is tricky business.

What does an African repairing a computer look like to you?

WSJ: USA ReManufacturers Cry for Free Trade

original Wall St. Journal article, with pictures
retroworks file photo CRT tube polishing

From Trash Heap to Store Shelf

Refurbished-Goods Industry Seeks U.S. Support for Freer Global Trade, More R and D

Ray Mills unpacks and processes vacuums at Cleveland's Vacuum Systems International, which remanufactures commercial-grade vacuum cleaners. Executives from some of the largest U.S. manufacturers are gathering in Washington Monday and Tuesday to seek more government support for their efforts to refurbish and sell used products ranging from cell phones to railroad locomotives to medical scanners.

Remanufacturers—including Caterpillar Inc., General Electric Co., General Motors Co., Eastman Kodak Co. and Xerox Corp.—would like the government to push harder for free global trade in reconditioned products and to help fund research into better methods of remanufacturing, which involves restoring used products to like-new condition for resale.