Published on Jun 27th, 2012 by
ECO-CELL Program Funds Louisville Sustainability Projects
You all know that our ECO-CELL mission is driven by a commitment to preserve and protect wildlife habitats, waterways, the environment, and the many oppressed people who live in fear and danger, denied justice and peace — all, simply to give us consumers a better “smartphone” and faster, lighter, nimbler technology.
Published on Sep 20th, 2011 by
We have good news to start the new year. Vermont has joined a number of other states in banning electronic waste from landfills.
As the new year begins, Vermont is joining New York, Pennsylvania and South Carolina in instituting laws banning electronic waste from landfills, bringing to 24 the number of states with similar measures, according to the Electronics TakeBack Coalition, a San Francisco-based group that monitors the fate of “e-waste.”
Published on Oct 28th, 2010 by
“Today’s Green Minute with Jim Parks” video (1:25) on our Zoo-based recycling program. Jim gives a nice and simple explanation of coltan mining and our efforts to save gorilla habitats by recycling cell phones and e-waste. Another great success story from an ECO-CELL Silverback partner: The Louisville Zoo.
Published on Oct 26th, 2010 by
It’s been a stormy morning in Louisville, and I’ve been catching up on some reading:
- “A Comparison of U.S. Cell Phone Recycling Programs”
The number of cellular phones in use is skyrocketing, adding to the waste stream. We are already quickly approaching over 225 million cell phone users (ages +13 y/o) in just the U.S. alone. 140.3 million cellular phones go out of use annually and over 500 million used cell phones are left untouched in the drawers of American households. This creates an estimated 65,000 tons of electronic garbage. According to the EPA, the “vast majority” of that waste is exported to countries like India and Nigeria where there is little oversight of how it is treated. Computerworld described unregulated e-waste recycling as among the most dangerous jobs in technology. Of all e-waste in the United States, only 15-20 percent is recycled.