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Smart Garbage Cans Fine You When You Don't Recycle

Warning to our Cleveland Switched readers: be extra vigilant about separating your recyclables. A new program being launched in the Ohio city will distribute 25,000 RFID-equipped recycling bins to residents. The tagged cans will be used to track how often a household takes its recycling to the curb. Fail to toss the recycling often enough, and you'll trigger a garbage audit. Your trash will be sep...

'Plastiki,' a Boat Made From 12,500 Plastic Bottles, Sails Across the Pacific

A boat constructed from thousands of plastic bottles has completed its journey across the Pacific Ocean, from San Francisco to Sydney Harbor. According to Popular Science, the Plastiki, which is a catamaran made from about 12,500 plastic bottles, sailed more than 9,000 miles in four months to raise awareness of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- a pile of waste the size of Texas that's floating...

'Smash' Guitar Designed for Rocking, Wrecking and Recycling

We've all wanted to smash a guitar into thousands of pieces like The Who's Pete Townshend, but unless you're making Pete Townshend-type money, it's not a wise idea -- until now. According to Wired, manufacturer K's Japan has designed a line of guitars that are meant to be played, smashed and recycled. Costing just $55, the aptly-named 'Smash' has a lightweight neck and hollow body carved from m...

Australia's National Park Creates Bike Path Entirely From Ink Cartridges

If you pay exorbitant amounts for ink cartridges, you might as well make sure they go to good use, right? That's exactly what Australia's National Park Service has decided to do -- by utilizing used cartridges to create a 347 mile (170 kilometer) bike path between Alice Springs and Simpsons Gap in the Northwest Territory. Australian company Repeat Plastics Australia is constructing the trail out ...

Minimalist 'Asteroids' in HTML5, Smash a Bottle to Save the Earth

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. We're not trying to take sides in this whole Apple vs. Adobe battle. We do limit our weekly time-wasters to Flash-based games, because, well, they're endlessly availab...

Japanese Artists Builds Mario Sculptures and Mosaics From Old Skateboards

As every skater knows, you acquire quite a number of skateboards in a lifetime. But what exactly becomes of all those old and unusable decks that pile up around your place? Well, one Japanese artist has found a unique (and geeky) way to recycle them into art. According to Kotaku, artist Haroshi just unleashed his newest project called "Harvest," which is a series of artwork that uses broken ...

Donate Old Cell Phones to Help Others

Rather than sell or recycle your old cell phone (or throw away, God forbid!), consider donating it to one of the many charitable organizations that put them to good use. Hit charityguide.org for a list and description of places that accept used cell phones. And as always, make sure to delete all personal information from your phone before putting it in the mail (including the memory card). Usu...

How to Recycle Your Old Cell Phones, Computers, and Other Gadgets

Although spring is still months away, it's never too early to get a head start on cleaning out some junk. If you're like us, you could probably fill a closet with old gadgets. It might be tempting to simply toss them in the trash, but that's not your only option. Why not recycle them? It's a lot easier than you think, if you know where to look. Doing the hard part for us, Endadget has put together...

EcoATM Kiosk Pays Cash for Old Phones

Recycling cell phones eliminates tons of waste and saves valuable components. For various reasons, though, most people still toss their old phones into the trash or keep them squirreled away in a forgotten drawer or nook. In a true "Why didn't I think of that?" development, ecoATM recently unveiled its first credit-for-phone recycling kiosk (with more to follow) in a Nebraska store. To take ad...

Circuit Boards Pulverized for Use in Roads

Researchers in China may have found a way to cut down on waste created by old electronics and give drivers a smoother ride. For cities plagued with cracked highways or anyone who is constantly realigning their wheels, this news could herald smooth roads ahead. According to the Scientific American, Xu Zhenming and other researchers at Jiao Tong University discovered a way to crush discarded circ...

Recycle Your Old Cathode Ray Tube TV

That aging, tube-style TV or monitor in the basement is like a personal Superfund site. It's filled with poisonous lead, cadmium and mercury, yet only 10 percent of CRT TVs and monitors are recycled every year. In many states, recycling these devices is now mandatory, anyway, so check Earth911.org to find recycling locations near you....

Recycle Your Old Ink Cartridges

The next time you buy printer ink, check to see if the store will accept your old cartridge for recycling; doing so will not only keep it out of a landfill, but can also save a half-gallon of oil that would be used in manufacturing a new one. Staples offers a $3 discount on replacement cartridges from popular brands like HP, Dell and Lexmark....

'60 Minutes' Explores America's Massive E-Waste Exports to China

Any self-respecting gadget hound knows that China is responsible for packing millions of shipping containers with the consumer electronics we crave. What you may not know is what we ship in return: our waste for recycling. Of growing concern is e-waste, resulting from the deluge of PCs, cellphones, televisions and crapgadgets we churn through at an accelerating clip each year. While domesti...

Recycled Newsprint USB Flash Drive for the Eco-Minded Geek

If you're anything like us, you probably cringe every time a new USB flash drive is announced, but then the guilty pleasure takes over and you just have to look anyway. At first glance the "Recycle" from INF Import isn't much to look at, but then we figured that's kind of the point. After all, what better way to hide all your most precious and/or illicit data than in a totally bland enclosure t...

Old iPhones Fetching Big Bucks on eBay

You might not be aware of it, but your old iPhone is worth a considerable sum of money. Some questionably honest businesses are even making a profit by buying up used first generation iPhones from unsuspecting American customers and reselling them at a hefty profit. One such shop was passing around fliers outside of an Apple retail outlet offering the full price of a 3G upgrade ($199 for an 8 GB...