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Best Buy working to improve electronics recycling

BY CSA STAFF

Richfield, Minn. Federal E-Waste legislation proposed to improve electronics recycling nationwide is seeing strong support from Best Buy Co.

The retailer, Minnesota’s electronics recycling industry and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) unveiled proposed federal legislation Sunday at the Richfield, Minn. Best Buy store that seeks to improve the recycling of electronics across the United States.

The bill, the Electronic Device Recycling and Research and Development Act, is the first step in bringing together manufacturers, retailers, recyclers and research institutes to help find solutions to the problem of e-waste.

If passed, the bill will create research and development grants for universities, government labs, and private industry; call for a study by the National Academy of Science to look at barriers and opportunities to increase electronic device recycling and reduce the use of hazardous materials in electronic products; and direct the Environmental Protection Agency to make grants available for curriculum development for engineering students and professionals in electronics manufacturing, and in design, refurbishing and recycling industries.

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EPA finalizes greenhouse gas reporting rule

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New York City On Jan. 1, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will, for the first time, require large emitters of heat-trapping emissions to begin collecting greenhouse gas data under a new reporting system. Greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, are produced by burning fossil fuels and through industrial and biological processes.

Under the program, which EPA administrator Lisa Jackson signed into effect on Tuesday, 10,000 industrial facilities that generate more than 25,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas, and collectively produce 85% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, must start collecting greenhouse gas data on Jan. 1.

 

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Fresh & Easy strikes LEED Gold

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New York City Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, the U.S. division of U.K. grocery giant Tesco, on Thursday will open its first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified store, in Cathedral City, Calif.

The store has been given LEED Gold certification, according to reports.

The store achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water use and incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies, such as using 90% recycled steel for the building’s structure.

On average, Fresh & Easy stores use 30% less energy than a typical supermarket and utilize such technologies as solar tracking skylights, automatically dimming lights, and LED lighting.

“Achieving LEED Gold certification for our Cathedral City store further demonstrates our commitment to the environment and sustainable consumption,” said Tim Mason, CEO, Fresh & Easy, which has 127 stores in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada, and 71 stores in Southern California.

“Designing our buildings to use less energy is win-win: We are able to use less money, which we can pass onto customers and we have less of an impact on the earth.”

In addition, Fresh & Easy recycles or reuses all its shipping and display materials and uses environmentally friendly trailers to transport food. The company is a pilot member of the LEED Volume Certification Program and has invested in a 500,000-sq.-ft. solar roof installation on its distribution center in Riverside, Calif.

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