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California Government tries to prevent reuse; issues ACCRC a violation Answered

Just the other day while I was cleaning out old computers I thought to myself how wonderful it was that the Alameda County Computer Recycling Center was nearby. The ACCRC is a not-for-profit organization that accepts old electronic parts to build working computers that they give away to people in need. Anything they can't use gets properly recycled, and they do this all without charging any fees.

The Department of Toxic Substance Control of the California Environmental Protection Agency is causing trouble for the ACCRC, and this may ultimately lead to the ACCRC's demise. In short, the government is using the letter of the law to do totally bone-headed things, and has slapped the ACCRC with a violation. It's our government, and it should work for us to encourage smart ways, like the ACCRC, to lessen our impact on the environment. Even if you don't live in California, this is important because California typically leads the nation on these types of issues.

There's a couple of things you can do, including contacting people at the government agency and donating directly to the ACCRC. Check ACCRC's founder James Burgett's blog for details on both.

More coverage here at Boingboing.

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T-man
T-man

12 years ago

my dad hates the govner presadint,my dad thinks bush sucks,he does not know how to run the usa.

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HamO
HamO

Reply 12 years ago

Tell to vote for somebody he thinks can.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 12 years ago

. From what I can tell, the Feds have nothing to do with it. It's all on the state of California.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

12 years ago

. I tried to use the PayPal links (didn't see anything at their store that I thought was interesting) at ACCRC's site and the blog, but kept getting "page not found" errors from PP. I'm using Firefox and I unblocked cookies to PP. Anybody have any ideas what I may be doing wrong? . I sent a note to ACCRC about the prob, but thought maybe someone here could help me out. Mr. Burgett is probably real busy these days, so I'm not expecting a fast reply.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 12 years ago

. It works! Seems to have been a temporary problem.

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its a lion
its a lion

12 years ago

I was wondering exactly what had happened that they were being shut down for. and got this from the boingboing link: "The inspector says that you don't have a proper inventory of all the parts. The inspector says that you have to get rid of equipment after a year, so you'll have to clear out your museum of collectibles. This is the letter of the law and you're expected to follow it. You're given 30 days to comply." it would be a nightmare trying to inventory every part and every little thing now... especially if that picture is of their warehouse. it sucks that the government isnt supporting what they are doing. it sucks that we have to pay for electronics to be recycled. in fact i have a computer sitting here in my room that is no good. its basically a motherboard with a fried cpu in it, but i cant throw it away, and i cant afford to recycle it. nobody can use it, so it just sits here, blocking my door...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Our government just keeps proving the ole saying over and over again: The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has it's limits. *sigh*

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Honus
Honus

12 years ago

After reading the article and his blog that's just unbelievable.....The possibility that the DTSC would shut down such a great place for totally unfounded "violations" is a real tragedy. They should be applauding the efforts of the ACCRC for doing something really important with a serious positive impact instead of harassing them. This kind of thing really chaps my hide.... Time to write the DTSC!

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 12 years ago

Q: Why is California like a bowl of granola? A: Once you get rid of the fruits and nuts, all you have left is a bunch of flakes. . . Would it do any good for a non-Californian to e-mail the DTSC? Or would that just piss them off more?