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ecoATM Gives You Cash for Your Old Gadgets, Raises $14M for Kiosks

In an effort to find a convenient and profitable way to recycle discarded electronics, ecoATM has raised more than $14 million to place eCycling kiosks in stores across the U.S. Each kiosk pays people who recycle their e-waste by giving them either cash or coupons from the store where the machine is located. All you have to do is drop off that old BlackBerry, iPod or other device at the kiosk. The...

Italian Mayor Governs With Facebook, Posts Photos to Call Out Lazy Workers

In the U.S., politicians use Facebook to connect with their constituents, to announce new initiatives, or, in some cases, to recklessly rabble rouse. Political leaders in Italy, however, are apparently more interested in using the social network to publicly humiliate lazy employees. That's exactly what the mayor of Bari did, when he posted photos of public workers who were being particularly...

'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...

Teen Helps Recycle Over 300,000 Pounds of E-Waste

At just 16-years old, Rhode Island teen Alex Lin has leaped to the forefront of the e-waste dilemma. According to Take Part, Lin has overseen the recycling of more than 300,000 pounds of discarded electronics through legislation, recycling programs, computer-refurbishing centers and plain old hard work. We've told you before about the mounting problem of disposing old computers, cell phones and...

Organizations Prevent E-Dumping in Developing World

In 2008, Hong Kong authorities stopped 41 U.S. ship containers trying to carry 1.4 million pounds of "e-waste" and 82,000 pounds of lead into the region for disposal, according to USA Today. While governmental authorities can prevent some of this technological refuse from entering their country, Jim Puckett, the head of non-profit, watchdog group Basel Action Network (BAN), says that they cannot...

'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...

Super Efficient Material Converts Car Exhaust to Energy

Your car engine wastes up to 75-percent of the power it generates -- but a team of Ohio State University researchers thinks it has found a way to capture a lot of that wasted energy and convert it into electricity. The promise is in a new material they've developed, called thallium-doped lead telluride. (Isn't that a black diamond trail at a Colorado ski resort?) This is twice as efficient at...

Most Cell Phones Still End Up In Landfills, Polluting the Environment

Yesterday, the New York Times Magazine ran a fairly comprehensive piece on the life cycle and environmental impact of mobile phones. The story detailed how many phones are reused, how many others are broken down and "mined" for useful metals such as silver and gold, and how still others – most others, in fact – end up in heaps of discarded electronics, left to leach often dangerous...

Facebook Costing Businesses $264 Million Daily in Lost Man Hours

Vanishing staplers aren't the only employee-related phenomena bleeding the corporate world dry. According to a new study by U.K.-based employment law firm Peninsula, roughly £130 million (or about $264 million U.S.) is lost per day by British corporations due to office workers dillydallying on Facebook. That's the equivalent of 233 million employee hours per month. And British companies...