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Individuals and Businesses
As of February 8, 2006 new California state hazardous waste legislation requires special handling for consumer electronics, batteries, fluorescent bulbs and mercury-containing products, called Universal Wastes. It is now illegal to dispose of these items in your garbage or recycling cart. For more information on California State legislation regarding the disposal of hazardous and electronic waste, visit the following websites:

Businesses
Businesses have a special set of legislation that it is important to know, and if applicable, comply with, in recycling computers and electronics. For details and further links, visit:

useful websites

ACTERRA www.acterra.org
Basel Action Network www.ban.org
Californians Against Waste (CAW) www.cawrecycles.org
Santa Clara Ctr for the Dev. of Recycling www.recyclestuff.org
CIWMB (CA Integrated Waste Mgt Board) www.ciwmb.ca.gov
Computer Take Back Campaign www.computertakeback.org
DTSC (CA Dept. of Toxic Substances Control) www.dtsc.ca.gov
Earth 911 http://california.earth911.org/master.asp
Ebay ReThink www.ebay.com/rethink/
Erecycle www.erecycle.org
Foundation for Global Community www.globalcommunity.org
Green Business, Santa Clara County www.greenbiz.sccgov.org
Greenpeace http://www.greenpeace.org/international/
campaigns/toxics/electronics
Palo Alto Recyclopedia http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/recycle/
RecycleWorks www.recycleworks.org
SF Environment www.sfgov.org
Sierra Club California www.sierraclubcalifornia.org
Silicon Valey Toxics Coalition www.svtc.org
United Nations Environment Programme www.unep.org
US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) www.epa.gov
US EPA Region 9 (West Coast) http://www.epa.gov/region09/

recommended reading

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, by William McDonough and Michael Braungart, North Point Press, New York, 2002.

Mid-Course Correction: Toward a Sustainable Enterprise: The Interface Model, by Ray C. Anderson, Chelsea Green Publishing Company, Vermont, 1998.

The Natural Step for Communities: How Cities and Towns Can Change to Sustainable Practices, by Sarah Jones and Torbjörn Lahti, New Society Publishers, 2004.

The Principles of Sustainability, by Simon Dresner, Earthscan Publications Ltd., London, 2002

For Younger Readers

Recycle! A Handbook for Kids, by Gail Gibbons, Little, Brown & Company, 1992.

The Secrets of Tropical Rainforests, by Joan Hamilton, London Town Press, 2005.

Where Does the Garbage Go?, by Paul Showers, HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 1994

50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth, by John Javna, Earth Works Group US, Andrews McMeel Publishing, New Jersey, 1990

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