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Posts Tagged ‘Recycling’

SU e-Waste update

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

The IT Division’s e-waste programme continues to quietly do the right thing behind the scenes. During the period July 2012 to April 2013, Cape e-Waste Recyclers, our e-waste contractors, removed the following items from the on-campus e-waste depot for responsible disposal and recycling:

  • 325 Computers
  • 162 Printers and Scanners
  • 269 Monitors
  • 3 boxes of general e-waste.

The procedures by which IT assets should be decommissioned and placed into the e-waste stream are detailed on the IT Help wiki: e-Waste Procedures.

Die prosedures om IT-bates uit diens te haal en in die e-afval stroom te plaas is op die IT Help wiki beskikbaare-Afval Prosedures.

Greenpeace’s Green Electronics Survey #3

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Greenpeace’s latest Green Electronics Survey reveals that 18 companies participated and that there has been a “general improvement in green features” since the 2008 and 2009 surveys. Notebooks, desktops, netbooks, smartphones, mobile phones, monitors and TVs are assessed against the following criteria:

  • The use of hazardous chemical substances (e.g. PVC, BFRs, phthalates, etc.)
  • Power consumption by the products (benchmarked against the Energy Star standard)
  • Product lifecycle (including use of recycled plastic, take-back programmes, etc.)
  • Innovation and marketing (data about the manufacturing footprint, consumer information, etc.).

In desktops, HP Compaq’s 6005 Pro Ultra-slim came out tops while in smartphones the Sony-Ericsson Aspen (M1) beat out Nokia’s N8-00. Once again Apple declined to participate.

View Greenpeace’s “snapshot of results” or download the full report (pdf).

One wonders how many buying decisions are influenced by such a survey….?

Benchmarking Sustainable IT at universities

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Our peers in Australia (CAUDIT) have progressed much further with benchmarking between universities – including benchmarking on the sustainable IT or “green IT” front. South Africa’s equivalent HE IT association, ASAUDIT, has largely adopted CAUDIT’s benchmarking metrics. The Green IT benchmarking metrics are discussed briefly below.

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e-Waste fastest growing waste stream in SA?

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Susanne Dittke of EnviroSense sent me an article which she penned for Opportunity Magazine recently. It contains some shockingly interesting numbers which I quote “as is” below:

It should come as no surprise that e-waste is officially now the fastest growing waste stream in South Africa. In larger urban metropoles, it constitutes already 5-8% of the municipal solid waste mix, accumulating at a rate three times that of other more traditional solid waste items such as locally unrecyclable packaging etc.

‘Redundant’ electrical and electronic equipment (e-waste) is generated from the rapid advance and uptake of new technology at an ever increasing rate. A recent assessment done in South Africa by the e-Waste Association of South Africa revealed that the combined volume of information technology and office equipment, consumer electronics and white goods that reach consumer markets today, will in five to 10 years swell to a waste avalanche of between one to two million tons per year, with an annual growth rate of between 10%-20%.

With clever marketing ploys and upgrade schemes, cellphone companies could already convince the average South African that a cellphone is hopelessly outdated after two years.

Buying the right, green PC

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Greener computing does not simply mean minimising energy consumption of the PC during its operational life, but also during its full lifecycle from “cradle to grave”. It also means minimising material throughput i.e. recycling and re-using, and disposing of hazardous e-waste responsibly. So while much of this blog and a big part of our sustainable IT campaign is focused on energy efficiency in operations and e-waste, it is also important to review our PC procurement policies. (more…)

Recycling cellphones

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Around 44% of old cellphones are lying around unused. Between 65% and 80% of the material content of a cellphone can be recycled or re-used… Now you are able to deposit old cellphones at cellphone outlets in South Africa for recycling… (more…)

Campus e-Waste Initiative

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

 

Do you have old, written-off computers, monitors and batteries lying around or clogging up cupboards? And you are concerned enough not to simply consign them to the dump?

Now there is a responsible campus solution. The IT Division has implemented a temporary e-waste depot on campus where e-waste will be aggregated for free pickup and disposal by contractors who specialise in the refurbishment, reuse and safe disposal of e-waste.

The procedure is as follows: (more…)