Environmental officials in Alabama have fined the Alabama School of Math and Science $10,000 for allegedly dumping 24 computer monitors at an undisclosed site in the town of Chatom. School officials have said they were not aware of state laws banning the dumping of computer monitors and are working closely with the state "to come to a resolution," school spokesman John Hoyle said.
The city of Lagos, Nigeria is in discussions with Swedish electronics giant Ericsson about a partnership in which the company would buy back used mobile phones from residents and ship them to Europe for recycling. Nigeria is Africa's largest mobile phone market with nearly 120 million subscribers.
The Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse (ERCC) has issued an RFP as it searches for a research firm to help the group conduct a multi-state consumer awareness survey of electronics recycling programs. ERCC is aiming to find new ways to compare the progress of different state e-scrap programs, and awareness levels in each state could be a strong metric.
Satellite television provider DISH has announced a new partnership with Reworx to expand its current consumer satellite TV receiver box recycling program. Last year, DISH recycled 26 million pounds of electronics through the program.
Do-it-yourself electronics repair site iFixit was recently featured on "CBS This Morning" for its innovative approach to increasing the reuse of electronics. The free database of online repair manuals provides users with step-by-step instructions to repair their used electronics, effectively increasing the lifespan of electronics and reducing landfilling of working devices.