Materials and Recycling

Conflict Minerals and Us

Videos & Discussion Hosted By Mei-Ling Shek

pixabay wedding gifts 1808235 640What are conflict minerals, or blood minerals as some call them? What do they have to do with us? 

We will first view the video “How to Avoid Conflict Minerals” from PBS, as Alison Stewart explains the role of conflict minerals, mined and sold by warlords in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and their paths to our consumer products. Then we will view Marcus Bleasdale’s documentary “Capturing Conflict Mineral Trade in DRC” to understand the tremendous human toll of conflict minerals.

In 2010, the United States Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act, and section 1502 mandates the issuance of rules requiring certain companies to disclose their use of conflict minerals if those minerals are "necessary to the functionality or production of a product" manufactured by those companies. What has happened to the law since then?

Join us as for this interesting session where we look at the conflict minerals problem and discover how we are affected by it.


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Views Of The Zanker Recycling Center & Zero Waste Facility

Pictures From The April 27, 2017 Tour Of The Zanker Recycling Center & Zero Waste Facility



















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Review & Discussion Of The Zanker Recycling Center Tour

A Presentation & Discussion By Mei-Ling Shek

rk ml pixabay virusOn July 27, 2017, some members of EGG attended a tour of the Zanker Road Recycling Center. In today's meeting, Mei-Ling Shek will talk about our observations of the tour and show some pictures taken during the tour. Members who attended are encouraged to provide Mei-Ling with any interesting photos you think would be of interest to attendees.

The host will give a short presentation on anaerobic digestion for biogas production, as a follow-up of our visit to Zero Waste Energy's bio-digester facility which is the largest in the world and located next door to Zanker Recycling.

A future field trip to the Central Energy Facility at Stanford University will also be discussed. It is encouraged that if you want to go on this field trip, provide information to EGG as soon as possible since space is limited.

A Behind The Scenes View Of Recycling

A Discussion And Video Session Hosted By Rod Kirk

pixabay plastic bottles 115069 1280The recycling industry continues to evolve with increasing ability to re-use plastics, metals, glass, and paper. Municipalities are changing the ways they address the need to recycle. Automation is constantly changing to improve the quantity of recycling materials as well as the speed at which it is done. In todays session we will take a look at some of the recycling facilities and see how they are doing their job. We will also take a look at how gold is recycled from electronic parts. Please join us for an interesting look into this field.





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Setting Goals: Have We Reached The Limits Of Recycling?

A Discussion And Video Session Hosted By Mei-Ling Shek

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This one-hour webcast is the second in a series on recycling, sponsored by GreenBiz, and looks at how regulators and private industry can apply the principles of Sustainable Materials Management (SMM). Come join us to learn:

• What does the paradigm shift to sustainable materials management imply in terms of balancing the recycling goals of  environmental benefit, economics and material recovery?

• What is the value of setting and updating goals ?

• Why are the concepts of Sustainable Materials Management and lifecycle thinking critical?

• How do changes in the global economy, packaging trends and recycling programs require that we update our thinking on    handling today’s waste stream?


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Repair Cafe And The Fixer Movement

 A Presentation By Maia Coladonato

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Do you have something that you love but it no longer works or is damaged and wish you could repair it?

How do we fix broken things we use and love in our "disposable" world? Where can go to figure out if something is worth repairing?

Our dumps are filling up with stuff we throw away because we no longer choose to fix things—we buy new things, which frequently aren't as well made.

maia 600 451393735 3 picThe fixer movement with event-based repair, such as Repair Cafe and Fixit-Clinic, offer a solution to help divert valuable resources from landfill. These organizations are re-introducing a fixer-mentality and a curiosity of how things work, and how they can be fixed. Find out more about this movement and how you can be a part of it!

(No repairs will be done at this learning event.)

Join us for this exciting EGG event.



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