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Countries, such as Japan and the member nations of the European Union, have laws that regulate e-waste disposal. Internationally, the Basel Convention treaty restricts the export of hazardous waste from developed countries to developing countries.

In the U.S., there are no federal regulations or legislation that specifically addresses e-waste disposal. There are, however, a handful of state laws dealing with the issue. Currently Arkansas, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Washington have passed regulations governing the disposal and/or recycle of electronic waste.

On January 1, 2005, California enacted pioneering legislation to implement an electronic waste recovery and recycling program modeled after the European Economic Union’s Product Stewardship Initiative. The intent of SB 20 was to provide cost-free recycling opportunities for consumers, to reduce/prevent illegal dumping of electronic waste (and reduction in e-waste “stockpiling”), and to decrease the hazardous materials entering the municipal solid waste (MSW) stream.

Read a state by state list and brief overview of the major e-waste recycling legislation that has been passed in other states.

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Jason Schwartzman (”Funny People”) stars in this weirdly funny new comedy, as Jonathan, a writer still suffering because his girlfriend dumped him; she thinks he drinks too much and smokes too much pot. (He does.) He’s struggling to finish a second novel – so to distract himself, he runs an ad on Craigslist, offering himself as an unlicensed private eye, which leads to bizarre adventures. Schwartzman is delicious as the central character and he’s got great support – Ted Danson as the editor of the magazine where Jonathan sometimes works, and Zack Galifianakis as his best friend, a comic-book artist in a hen-pecked relationship. You’ll be laughing, not bored.

From Star Magazine

Watch the first episode at Fancast

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Apple’s commitment to being a responsible environmental citizen includes working to ensure that electronic equipment is properly disposed of at the end of its useful life. Apple’s free computer and iPod recycling programs in the US make it easy for consumers to help protect the environment. Apple customers in the US have several options for recycling their used iPods, systems, and displays.

Apple has expanded its successful recycling program, offering free computer takeback and recycling with the purchase of a new Mac. US customers who buy a new Mac through the Apple Store or Apple’s retail stores will receive free shipping and environmentally friendly disposal of their old computer.

Learn more about Apple’s Recycling Program

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There’s nothing left to say. They’ve exhausted all the usual pleasantries. What do you do? Where do you live? The haze of five pints of Guinness is thicker than Al anticipated. But what does he really care? His Yankees hat sits a little crooked on his head, showing off his drunken naiveté. Jenna stands there, holding a warm beer on a two hundred year old cobblestone street as the pitter-patter of the rain falls onto the canvas tents above. Neither one understands the seriousness of a recently shattered Wall Street just a stones throw away. And neither has had one bivalve all day at the Oyster Festival.

None of that really matters to them though, because this moment and their upper-middle class lives are unaffected by their environment.

“Have you ever had an oyster?” Jenna asks.

“Never. I heard they are an aphrodisiac.”

“Why don’t you get us some?”

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What could have been: Anne-Marie Franco. Conceived Wednesday, May 28, 2008. Born February 22, 2009.

She always had the most spunk of any kid on the block, so why would it be a surprise that she is the fastest little sperm to get to the egg? Because of Ann-Marie’s increased intellect, she becomes the youngest person to solve the Rubik’s Cube at the young age of two. Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, her nose is always buried in a book. In less than 36 hours, Anne-Marie devoured the 15th in the series, Harry Potter and the Claudicant Wand. Top of her class, captain of the volleyball team, valedictorian, killer graduation speech. Anne-Marie becomes the first woman to be Editor-In-Chief of the Yale Daily and at the same time, the captain of the Yale Glee Club and Debate Team. But that’s not it for this little politico. She rises up in the ranks of the Student Government and is soon propelled to Washington, DC after graduation.

After failure after failure of women presidential candidates, Anne-Marie has positioned herself to be the first. And so, on January 20, 2053 at the tender age of 43, Anne-Marie Franco is sworn in and becomes the first woman president.

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