With the start of a new year often comes a lot of groundbreaking news stories. During the last week, we’ve seen new laws take effect, countless “best of 2011″ lists and some incredible pictures from celebrations around the world. It wasn’t easy, but we were able to choose our 5 favorite stories from the past week to share with you.
1. New E-Waste Recycling Laws Take Effect
To an e-waste recycling company, like EverLights, this could be considered the most important news story of the entire year, and it’s only January. Starting January 1, a new law went into effect changing the e-waste recycling standards that were already in place. Included in this new law are higher penalties for failure to comply (up from $1,000 to $7,000), and a longer list of equipment that needs to be recycled. Now, more than ever, it is important for business owners and building managers to understand these laws.
EverLights can help you figure out how to handle your e-waste, and offers solutions that make your job as easy as possible.
2. Waste & Recycling News’ Top Stories of 2011
This is actually 10 stories in one. Since it’s the first week of the year, we thought it would be more valuable to share an article with the 10 best stories of 2011, rather than showing you one recent story. Waste & Recycling News put together a quick recap of its 10 best stories of 2011 and compiled them into this great list. In our opinion, each story on this list belongs there. Take a look at #7, for example. See any similarities to the article and this post?
3. The Top 25 Alternative Energy Moves of 2011
Lists are great, aren’t they? They’re easy to navigate, and you can pick and choose what you want to read, saving you time. That’s why we decided to put another list on our list.
This time, it’s, “The Top 25 Alternative Energy Moves of 2011.” We’re in the lamp recycling business, so most of these don’t fall into our area of expertise, but they’re still great stories you should all know about. Organizations like Google, Facebook and NASA are sure to grab a lot of peoples’ attention, but read the entire list. You might learn something you didn’t know.
4. Incandescent Light Bulb Ban Put on Hold
This story wasn’t published within the last week, but since we didn’t do a “top 5″ last week, we thought it would be fair to include it. It is, after all, one of the biggest news stories about the lighting industry.
When President Obama signed the recent spending bill to avert a government shutdown, he put the phase-out of incandescent bulbs on hold (sort of). The bill doesn’t end the incandescent ban, but instead states that no money can be allocated to enforce the law. This hasn’t stopped businesses from pulling the bulbs from their shelves, however. Plenty of stores around the country have gotten a head start on the ban, and most manufacturers have ended production of the 100-watt bulbs. If you’re a fan of this old, outdated technology, enjoy it while it lasts. It won’t be long before the bulbs are gone for good.
5. New Year Celebrations Around the World
It’s alright to include a story that isn’t “green,” right? We think so. Especially when the story involves incredible photographs.
In case you missed it, new years eve was this past weekend. People around the world celebrate in different ways, with traditions that are unique to their cultures and families. The Big Picture, Boston.com’s photography section, recently posted pictures of new years celebrations around the world. We think these pictures are amazing, so what better time than now to share them with you? We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
(Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)
If you have any questions or comments about the stories listed, please leave us a comment. We’d love to hear what you have to say!
As always, feel free to contact us with any recycling questions you might have. We’re always happy to help!