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Keep It Green: Recycle Your Christmas Tree...

In Bartow, Ga., the people donate their trees to the city and Bartow officials use them as fuel for a New Year’s Eve bonfire. But burning the trees will release carbon dioxide into the air. In fact, the National Christmas Tree Association suggests that all homes use live Christmas trees instead of plastic ones for one principal reason: live trees can be recycled. Plastic trees cannot be recycled. They can be reused over several years, yes, but ultimately they will be thrown away and end up in a landfill. But live trees are 100 percent biodegradable, and their nutrients can be returned to the soil. Many states have found various ways to recycle Christmas trees. * In Georgia,...

Keep It Green: Recycle Your Christmas Tree
posted on: Dec 29, 2008 | author: Staff writer

U.S. Exporting Toxic e-Waste

The country does have some rules. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued guidelines in January 2007 regulating the exports of used cathode-ray tubes (used in TV sets and PC monitors). The CRTs contain as much as 4 pounds of lead, which harms the nerves and the nervous system in humans. There are no guidelines regarding exports of other toxic e-waste. The laws are limited, but even these are not being enforced by the EPA. The rules impose an obligation on exporters to notify the EPA about the shipment and obtain prior consent from the receiving countries. Recycling companies in the U.S. ignore these regulations, yet the EPA just ignores the violations, said the GAO. The GAO cites...

U.S. Exporting Toxic e-Waste
posted on: Sep 21, 2008 | author: Staff writer