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.
Read More | Digital Tech News
Businesses that have a few extra parking spaces and about $850,000 extra in their budget can invest in the GEM (Green Energy Machine) to crunch up trash. The generator accepts food, cardboard, plastic and organic waste, shreds it and turns it into pellets. These are then fed into a gasifier which produces synthetic gas that burns in a natural-gas microturbine. GEM will not accept metal and class because they have no energy content and can convert up to three tons of waste. Here’s hoping some enterprising person/company will create a GEM for the rest of us at lesser prices.
Read More | Daily Tech
MRM (Manufacturers Recycling Management) is trying to get us all to recycle our old electronics, taking away the need for disposing of your dead ones in the nearest dumpster when no one is looking. Joining Sharp Electronics Corporation and Toshiba America Consumer Products, Panasonic has now stepped up to create a nationwide program to recycle their goods. You simply drop off your unused products. It is available in ten states so far and they hope to expand to all 50 of them in the next 3 years. Look for further announcements in January.
Read More | MRM
Rumor has it that cell phones may go disposable. Although we traced a press article concerning Hop-ons’ order to create screenless phones from a European distributor at a price of $20.00 each, we have yet to be able to clink on a link on Hop-on’s site successfully. We did find a quote from its president Peter Michaels,
“During our meetings with distributors in Vegas the response to our simple, inexpensive, $20 phone was phenomenal. The initial test purchase order with multiple purchase orders behind it is a big step in introducing Hop-on to Europe.”
Be that as it may, don’t we have enough garbage in the world without having to add to it? We find this in the same category as single use razors and cameras that we finally see less of everyday. We notice that even Kodak has trouble dispensing of theirs and claims that they recycle up to 77% of each one. We are only concerned with that remaining 23%.
Read More | techradar
We found this to be a interesting alternative to the endless toys for the iPod. Bird-Electron has a EZ 17-B Recycling Speaker for 1st and 2nd gen. nanos and 2nd and 3rd gen. shuffles. The dimensions of the speaker is the same as the box that your player came in. Simply plug and play, with no power source needed. You can also customize it by using another small container. At a size of 53 x 103 x D2 mm, it weighs only 35 g and carries a price of $39.95.
Read More | AudioCubes
EcoNEW is a recycling and trade-in program for used electronics and computers. At CES, they gave us the details on how their hardware recycling program works. Just head on over to the EcoNEW website, and enter info about the product you want recycled, for which you will be given a trade-in value. Then, just print the pre-paid shipping label and send the item to NEW. Later, you will receive a gift card of the trade-in value, to be used at a participating retailer. The disposed device will be safely recycled, or refurbished for future use. It doesn’t get much easier than that.