While Circuit City goes under with a whimper, Best Buy has announced with a bang that their recycling program will be launched nationwide on Feb. 15. You can bring up to two units per day for each household. Items include computers, VCRs, DVDs, cell phones, peripherals and other small electronics. They will not accept TVs or monitors over 32-inches, console TVs, any appliances, items with Freon and microwaves. Items with screens come with a $10.00 recycling fee, but that becomes an instant Best Buy gift card.
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What to do with those outdated electronics? If you don’t want to sell them yourself on eBay or craig’s list, send your old working cell phones, MP3 players, laptops, GPS systems or other electronics to Gazelle. Evaluate the condition of your device online and they will give you an estimate. They will even pay for shipping by sending you a postage-free box. The entire process takes about a week after they receive the item. The company claims their average payment is $115.00, a great way to make some extra holiday cash.
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It is very kewl to come up with an energy-efficient vehicle like the Hy-Bird, but even better to design one that is recyclable. Roland Cernat’s Oriens Glider combines “an ecological energy concept and sustainable materials, with an organic design language and bionic inspired details.”
Translated, this means a frame of a lightweight flax bio-compound and a body of polycarbonate. The wings have photovoltaic cells and its electric motor has a propeller that retracts when gliding. A fuel engine and generator make the plane a hybrid. Cernat’s prototype was so impressive it recently won the Lucky Strike Junior Designer Competition.
What better way to keep your 5th or 6th generation iPod safe and support all things green than with a 45 iPod Case. The Limited Editions are created by taking old 7-inch vinyls and recycling them into covers that will let your buds know just who is on your playlist. Although Pink Floyd, Janet Jackson, Billy Idol, and Donny Osmond have already been sold, don’t fret, for Tiffany is still available. The company also creates cases for 1st and 2nd generation iPod nanos out of cassette shells. Available for £45.00 (~$88.00) with a free TEC1 Modem Extension cable, get someone else to buy one and you get a $5.00 rebate.
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