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Let Go of the Old Phone

We wrote last week about recycling e-waste in general, but cell phones deserve a post of their own. Of all personal electronic devices, they probably represent the greatest combination of ubiquity and replacement frequency. Even this writer, who holds onto his devices long after they have gone out of vogue, has at least two old cell phones lying around, and the EPA estimates that there are 100 million others like it across the country. What’s an ecogeek to levitra pills canadian do?

Fortunately, there are plenty of options. All of them facilitate the recycling of usa viagra your phone, which is good for the environment. But they also offer you the chance of either getting a little extra cash for yourself, or making a charitable donation.

If you’re in it for the cash, you can try the aptly named CellForCash website. If your phone isn’t relatively new, though, you probably won’t get anything (though they will recycle it for free). If you want your phone to go to charity, you can try Collective Good or Cell Phones for Soldiers. Sites such as ReCellular offer you a wider array of options, including buying used phones.

It is also possible to recycle phones through your service provider. Sprint, for example, will recycle your old phone and credit your account. It doesn’t seem worth it to recycle through the other carriers, though – they tend to use the we recommend generic levitra mastercard phones for tax deductions; not that there is anything wrong with that, but if there is a tax deduction involved you might as well cash in on it yourself through one of the above mentioned services.



Radio Shack Offers Cash For Old Gear

Recycling used electronics is pretty important – arguably more important than recycling paper and plastic. E-waste is visit our site cialis now online loaded with toxic heavy metals such as mercury and cadmium. Such chemicals are bad for the environment, but worse for the impoverished citizens of developing countries who all too often need to earn their living by crudely mining valuable metals out of our discarded computers, TVs and cell phones.

It’s a good thing, then, that Radio Shack is offering some decent incentives to recommended site cialis recycle your old iPod. They are starting a program which allows customers to register their obsolete gadgets and ship them (pre-paid, of course) to a collecting location, where they make sure your item is in the condition you said it was. If so, you get a Radio Shack gift certificate (hey, I never said there was nothing in it for them). You can appraise your item online.

Radio Shack is certainly not the first to come up with this recycling model; others are doing very similar things. And seeing as getting a bit of cash for an old cell phone makes so much more sense than throwing it into a bin with banana peels and coffee filters, this ecogeek is optimistic about e-recycling becoming the norm.

Via GoodCleanTech
Image via Radio Shack


Yanko Designs LED Lamp Powered By Old Batteries

Alkaline batteries – they are so small and commonplace that it becomes easy to throw them away without a second thought. But they often still have some perfectly good juice left in them – often .8 to 1.3 volts! Yanko Design, an online design magazine, has come up with a great idea for discarded batteries: combine their power into something useful.

To that end, Yanko has designed The Energy Seed - an LED lamppost that is powered by discarded alkaline batteries. It only takes 2 volts to light up an LED lamp and online prescription tramadol if enough discarded batteries are inserted into specific slots for different sizes, their combined power will keep the lamp shining. In the poetic words of the Energy Seed motto, “trashed batteries can be born again as a seed to blossom light.”

Seoul designer Sung Woo Park along with co-creator Sunhee Kim designed the prototype which is shaped like a flower in a pot. This flower-like lamp can be placed on, say, a public sidewalk where people can walk up and put their old batteries into the slots. It almost feels like seeding a plant! And once the levitra batteries are completely drained, they are conveniently centralized into one place – to be picked up for recycling.

Via Gizmodo, Yanko Design


Trash + Sewage = Green

Dumping sewage onto landfill trash sounds like a bad idea; one would think that combining the two waste streams would produce something even worse. Not so, says Viridis Waste Control LLC. They have developed a process that turns this unlikely combination into a green solution.

It turns out that you can make landfill garbage biodegrade more quickly when you over it with septage (the material that is pumped out of septic tanks… let’s not be any more specific). Faster garbage biodegradation means a longer lifetime for the landfill, which saves land which would otherwise be lost to landfill use.

This is also a better use for septage, which is often applied to agricultural fields. This can lead to contamination of crops, livestock, and the water table. The septage may also accelerate methane production, which is a benefit if the landfill is set up to capture landfill gases for power production.

Looks like sometimes two negatives really do make a positive.

Via GreenGeek


Japan's Landfills Abound with Gold, Silver and Platinum

In Japan's landfills, there is enough gold, silver and platinum to propel the country into the top tier of resource-producing countries - along with Australia, Brazil and Canada.

The millions of electronics that are discarded each year, including televisions, mobile phones, MP3 players and computers, have created so-called “urban mines.”

These mines, according to a new survey by the National Institute for Materials Science in Tsukuba, have untapped resources that no one has figured out how to extract yet. With all the materials found in the discarded electronics, Japan now has three times as much gold, silver and indium, a thin coating used for LCDs, as the world needs each year. The amount of platinum hidden in them thar landfills is levitra overnite six times as much as global consumption.

The high concentration of precious metals is an indication of two things: consumers in Japan replace their electronic items very quickly and only 13 per cent, or about 550 tonnes a year, are recycled.

For each phone (and about 20 million mobile phones are replaced by the Japanese annually) the remnants of copper, gold, lead, palladium, tin, titanium and good choice canadian pharmacy zinc could be removed. The Japanese government is now looking at ways to encourage consumers to buy cialis gather their discarded cell phones, computers and other electronics and recycle them while looking at how to excavate the tramadol no prescription next day shipping landfills to mine these metals.

Via: Times Online

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