Electronics-waste bill passes House and Senate

first_imgOn March 23rd, the Vermont House of Representatives approved a broadly supported bill that would provide free and convenient recycling of electronic waste to residents, charities, schools, and small businesses in the state. S.77, which received tri-partisan support in the House and Senate, now makes its way to the Governor’s desk for the final step in the legislative process.”This is an incredible victory for consumers,” said Charity Carbine, environmental health advocate for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG). “Instead of storing old computers in their basements or waiting for once a year collection events, Vermonters will now be able to easily and responsibly recycle their e-waste for free.”Unlike traditional recycling programs, S.77 requires electronics manufacturers to share in the cost and responsibility of collecting and recycling their products. So-called “producer responsibility” programs are gaining momentum as states and municipalities acknowledge the role that manufacturers must have in the end-of-life management of their products. Vermont is the 21st state in the United States to pass this type of legislation for electronic waste. Europe, Canada and Asia also have producer responsibility laws for electronics as well as other products. Producer responsibility programs also provide powerful incentives for manufacturers to design their electronics to last longer and to exclude the toxic materials that make recycling so difficult and expensive.  The popular LCD TV is perhaps the “poster child” for how electronics are not designed with recycling in mind, because of both material selection and physical design. Inside a typical 40 inch LCD flat panel TV, there are 22 thin, fragile lamps containing mercury, which light the TV screen. The entire TV must be disassembled to get access to these bulbs, making replacement of bulbs and harvesting them in the recycling process difficult and expensive. (Source: Electronics Takeback Coalition)S.77 requires manufacturers of electronic goods to provide convenient collection options for Vermont consumers to drop off their televisions, computers and computer related equipment at no cost. The program is paid for by the manufacturers of those types of products. Vermonters will not see an increase in the price of their electronic products as a result of this legislation.  “In Vermont, municipalities, solid waste districts, and taxpayers bear the financial burden of grappling with e-waste”, said Jen Holliday, Environmental and Safety Compliance Manager for Chittenden Solid Waste District and coordinator for the Vermont Product Stewardship Council. “We have no control on how these products are designed, manufactured, marketed and sold, but ultimately it is local government that is left with trying to capture and recycle these products when they are being discarded. This legislation changes that model and provides the consumer with a convenient and consistent state-wide collection system that we lack today.” Rapid advances in technology and the emergence of new electronic gadgets make the electronics the fastest growing waste stream in the United States. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates  that in 2007, the US generated over 3 million TONS of e-waste. Approximately 1.5 million pounds of discarded electronics were collected in Vermont in 2008 alone. Source: CSWD. 3.26.2010###last_img read more

Browns’ 8 best coaching candidates to replace fired Freddie Kitchens

first_imgUrban MeyerIf Meyer is going to make the jump to the NFL, then why not stay close to home to do it? Meyer would galvanize a fan base heavy with Ohio State crossover fans. He has a strong voice and should be able to hire a staff that would get the most out of Mayfield.Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Meyer have a good relationship. This is a risky hire, but it’s one that would have more of a leash than Kitchens had.NFL assistants to watch for BrownsJosh McDanielsWe know what McDaniels did to the Colts and that there’s a good chance he takes over for Bill Belichick in New England. The Barberton, Ohio, native has been mentioned in Browns coaching searches in the past, too, and it has never materialized.McDaniels is a good fit for the talent on offense, but can the Browns trust him to take the job?Greg RomanRoman worked wonders with Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco and is doing it again in Baltimore with Lamar Jackson, a quarterback the Browns have watched take over the division.Roman could bring that much-needed creativity to the Cleveland offense while at the same time leaving a division rival. That’s a win-win for the Browns, but it might be tough to pull off.Robert SalehSaleh’s rise began as a quality control coach for Pete Carroll in Seattle, and he has continued that progression as the defensive coordinator for San Francisco the last three seasons. Saleh’s high-energy sideline demeanor is a hit with the cameras, but there’s substance where that comes from.San Francisco was the “it” team in the NFL in 2018 before breaking out in 2019. Saleh is ready to be a first-time head coach, and he would have a defensive line to build around in Cleveland.College coaches to watch for Browns (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/a8/ab/lincoln-riley-120519-getty-ftr_184v9f33k407c1pa6txok9roaz.jpg?t=-650219778&w=500&quality=80 Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ee/fe/urban-meyer-081818-ftrjpg_1w2jpm1p9mkmo1bdyua6qk23z4.jpg?t=56039198&w=500&quality=80 MORE: Browns fire Kitchens after 6-10 seasonHere is a list of the best replacement options.Browns coaching candidates: The best betsMike McCarthy This assumes general manager John Dorsey and a front office staff filled with former Green Bay personnel stays on. McCarthy took a season off after being fired by the Packers last year. He has 125 career wins, which ranks 30th all time among NFL coaches, and the well-documented relationship with Aaron Rodgers overshadows the success McCarthy enjoyed in Green Bay.Remember, Rodgers was a first-time starter with McCarthy, who could be the right voice for Mayfield.Ron RiveraUPDATE: The Redskins announced they have hired Rivera as their head coach.The Browns were an undisciplined team in 2019, much like the one Rivera inherited in Carolina when he arrived in 2011. Rivera, with the help of franchise quarterback Cam Newton, took the Panthers to four playoff appearances and a Super Bowl. He did that by walking the line between disciplinarian and player’s coach.Rivera played on the 1985 Bears team, too, and his defenses reflected that. Carolina finished in the top 10 in total defense five times during his tenure as coach. Lincoln RileyThe Mayfield tie is obvious, and Riley has led three College Football Playoff runs at Oklahoma. If Riley does want the NFL, then why not go with a quarterback he knows? That offensive scheme can work in the pros, and Mayfield might regain his rookie form with his old coach. The Browns fired Freddie Kitchens on Sunday night after a disastrous, 6-10 season in which the preseason hype did not match the record on the field. Kitchens was Cleveland’s ninth different head coach since the franchise returned in 1999, and the next coach will inherit a talented roster that includes Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr. and Myles Garrett.That coach will be expected to get this team back to the postseason for the first time since the 2002 season. Then again, Mayfield played a role in retaining Kitchens. Is this the message the Browns want to send?Matt RhuleWe would put Brian Kelly or Jim Harbaugh here, but we think those two will stay put as well-known coaches in the college game. Rhule, however, makes for an interesting candidate because of his track record at Temple and Baylor.He develops NFL talent well and showed he can manage a rebuild with Baylor. This would be a longshot given the other candidates on the board, but it’s a name that might get tossed around if some of those big names fall through.last_img read more

Vacancy rates in Fort St. John jump to 4 per cent

first_img“Then there’s a major peak at the end of June… when people make their family decisions based on school years“June has always been the time where we receive the most notices, and July is the hardest month to rent in. But demand always rises very strong from about the 15th of Augsut to the 15th of October,” said Powell.According to CMHC, Fort St. John saw about nine more units available for rent in the city year over year, with 1,659 units up for rent, from 1,650 the year prior.Powell estimates there are roughly another 150-plus rental units expected to enter the market in the coming months.The new units will most certainly increase the vacancy rate, but for how long remains to be seen, she said.“The absorption time for 150 units in a community this size typically would take six to eight months, but it really depends. Everything right now is price sensitive,” she said.Advertisement Vacancy rates are up but so are rent prices in Fort St. John, according to new statistics released today.In its spring Rental Market Report, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation pegged apartment vacancy rates in the city for April 2015 at four per cent, up from just 1.5 per cent a year ago.Fort St. John ranks among the most expensive markets in the province, second only to Vancouver in nearly every category measured, and on par with the provincial average.- Advertisement -CMHC pegs the average rent for a two-bedroom unit in Fort St. John at $1,111, with Vancouver just slightly higher at $1,345. The average rent for a one-bedroom unit was pegged at $879, with bachelor suites reported at $751. The price for a three-bedroom-plus unit were at about $1,155, about a $20 bill cheaper than rents reported in Dawson Creek and Kelowna.According to the report, cities across the province that reported a jump in vacancy rates year over year were mostly in areas affected by a decline in resource prices and economic activity.That certainly appears true for the Li-Car Management Group, where owner Lita Powell says the company has seen an year over year increase in the number of units it has available for rent. The company, as with others, have had to adjust to a market correction of sky high oil prices, she said.Advertisement Powell says low vacancy rates are not healthy for landlords as they can’t refurbish their units for prospective tenants.And, with vacancy rates expected to continue to climb, Powell says landlords must have a “social conscience” with tenants in a position of having more selection in the market, noting that it is still difficult for the working poor in the region to meet regional housing prices on minimum wage, or even $15 an hour.“Landlords need to reassess what they need to have for rent opposed to what they want to have for rent,” she said. In April 2014, Li-Car did not have any units for rent, according to Powell, compared to five units it had on the market in April of this year.“Now is a much different story. Now we have in excess of 25,” Powell said, noting that units range from bachelor suites to four bedroom homes.Still, rental demand in Fort St. John has always been seasonal, she notes.“We always see peak notices come in at the end of March, prior to break up, that’s the one little bit of peak,” she said.Advertisement “People aren’t making the money they were, or if they are, they’re being a lot more cautious with it.”Highest vacancy rates reported in Dawson CreekOverall, apartment vacancy rates declined in the province to 1.8 per cent this spring, down from 2.4 per cent last year.Meanwhile, Dawson Creek reported the highest vacancy rates in the province at 8.9 per cent, up from 8 per cent last year. Monthly rents average there for $941, with rents for a bachelor suite around $690, and a two-bedroom around $1,084.The lowest vacancy rates were reported in Parksville at just one per cent. The lowest rents were found in Quesnel, at an average of $610.Advertisementlast_img read more