Friday, January 2, 2009

Electronics Excess... & Authors Read radio guest of the day

-- Xmas Excess Getting You Down? ...What to do with those electronics you no longer use --

According to the Recycling Product News Magazine’s Oct 2008 issue (www.baumpub.com):

The United Nations pegs the total amount of e-waste generated globally between 20-40 million tones annually. Thankfully recycling programs are slowly sprouting up and their successes are inspiring countries across the globe. In Canada we are responsible for about 160,000 tones of e-waste annually and that is expected to grow another 30% by 2010. In some areas, handling fees are used to process the items either upon taking it in for recycling or upon purchase – depending on the region.

Now many of you have heard me discuss the aspects of Urban Mining and the valuable components that are hidden inside electronics. Today I’d like to touch on plastics. Now the Recycling Product News Magazine, who I mentioned earlier, states that there are several different types of plastics being used for each item – to further complicate matters, they are treated with flame retardants. The one positive aspect of these plastics is that they have a very high BTU rating (which is how much energy they contain) and that means when they are used as a fuel in the waste-to-energy industry an incredibly valuable energy level is released.
One of the most exciting things that has happened recently is a partnership with the Waste Management Recycle America with both Sony and LG Electronics in striving to create a recycling center within 20 miles of 95% of the US population. This is a very ambitious endeavor and we celebrate their actions here!

For those of you who would like to follow up on this topic I encourage you to check out the interview with Alda Nicmans, which aired on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show on May 6 2008 - see this interview listed in the archives, located under the links on the right hand side of the Conscious Discussions website. Click on the hyper-linked show title here in today's blog post or click on the link I have for this radio show on the right side of your screen - either o these will get you there :)


-- Authors Read --

Today's featured guest on Authors Read, CL Talmadge - the author of the Green Stone of Healing series - did a wonderful job of reading an excerpt from The Vision. Mrs Talmadge is a syndicated columnist and her series - The Green Stone of Healing - is an epic fantasy that is filled with romance, action, and intrigue. To hear this author's reading, click on the hyper-linked show title here in the blog, or look to the right of this site for the link to the Authors Read radio show.

Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

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