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Senate fails to pass bill to eliminate polystyrene to-go food containers

The Colorado Senate failed to pass SB19-243 before the Colorado legislative session ended on Friday, May 3rd at midnight. Despite garnering over 23,000 public comments in support from Coloradans across the state and having minimal opposition, SB19-243 was not called up for debate or a vote. SB19-243 would have eliminated the use of to-go food containers made of polystyrene, commonly known as Styrofoam. 

Leading cyber-security experts endorse right to repair

By | Nathan Proctor
Director, Campaign for the Right to Repair

In many places, industry representatives, speaking for the manufacturers, say right to repair is a cybersecurity issue. If we let consumers or independent repair techs access tech manuals, diagnostic software or firmware patches it will mean the loss of security of our electronics … or so the claims go. It turns out that the who’s who of cyber-security experts disagree with these industry claims, and believe a more open repair market improves security. 

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Key Senate Cmte Takes Action to Eliminate Polystyrene To-Go Food Containers

On Earth Day, Senators Mike Foote, Rhonda Fields and Lois Court voted to pass SB19-243 out of Colorado’s Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee and onto the full Senate. SB19-243 would eliminate the use of to-go food containers made of polystyrene, commonly known as Styrofoam. Senators Jerry Sonnenberg and Vicki Marble voted against the bill. 

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New CO Bill Would Eliminate Polystyrene To-Go Food Containers

This Earth Day, members of Colorado’s Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee will vote on SB19-243, a bill which would eliminate the use of to-go food containers made of polystyrene, commonly known as Styrofoam. The bill is sponsored by Senators Moreno and Foote, and Representatives Singer and Cutter. 

News Release | CoPIRG Foundation | Solid Waste

New Report Finds 66,000 Reusable Phones Scrapped Because of Activation Locks

A new report from the CoPIRG Foundation finds that since 2015, a local electronics recycler has had to scrap 66,000 donated but reusable phones because of activation locks, a feature that is increasingly being used by phone manufacturers. The data comes from The Wireless Alliance, an electronics recycler based in Colorado that receives millions of donated phones from across the country every year and underscores how activation locks are undermining the used phone marketplace and unnecessarily contributing to electronic waste.  

Report | CoPIRG Foundation | Solid Waste

Locked Out

Donating phones to be reused can reduce electronic waste and save consumers money by fostering a robust used phone marketplace. Unfortunately, the rise of activation locks is leading to the scrapping of tens of thousands of perfectly reusable phones, which fuels the production of more new phones and the pollution that comes with that.

 

Plastic foam cups and single-use plastic bags are a common sight on the steps of the Colorado Capitol, but not like this: On Feb. 28, the cups and bags, collected by volunteers in cleanups, formed the number 22,898.

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After warning companies that "Void Warranty if Removed" are illegal, the FTC is expanding their investigation into anti-repair practices

This announcement comes after the FTC sent warning letters last April to six companies saying their "void warranty if removed" stickers violated consumer rights under Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act. A subsequent survey in October by U.S. PIRG Education Fund, "Warranties in the Void," showed that such anti-repair activity was even more widespread. The study surveyed 50 members of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers and found the 45 would void warranties for independent repair. 

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