Published on Jan 10th, 2011 by
In 2003, we were one of the first companies to enter the cell phone recycling business. Over the past 7 years we have seen many changes in technology, consumer electronics, the environmental movement, and the recycling industry.
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.
Published on Oct 19th, 2010 by
As Halloween approaches, ECO-CELL wants to give you a heads-up on some quick and easy ways to make this years celebration fun and environmentally friendly. These eco-tips are an easy way to lower your carbon foot print and start new family traditions that are fun and environmentally sustainable.