Consumer conundrum: Recycling old cell phones

Posted on September 19th, 2012 by

With an increasing market of cellular and mobile devices, also comes a growing problem: e-waste, or electronic waste. According to The Environmental Protection Agency, Americans in 2009 discarded 2.37 million tons of e-waste. Only a small percentage is collected for recycling; the rest is disposed in landfills or shipped overseas to developing countries. The good news is companies are working to help consumers responsible dispose their e-waste. One of these companies is that buys old gadgets, determines its value and pays consumers.

Another creative idea is been implemented by a company based in San Diego, ecoATM that has installed kiosks in local malls to collect cell phones and MP3 players. The ecoATM verifies users’ identity, scan the device and searched for the highest price on the worldwide market. The company has 150 kiosks in malls nationwide, including 60 in California and six in the Bay Area.

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California Efficiency Measures a Success

According to The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), their energy efficiency programs resulted in savings of 5,900 gigawatt-hours of electricity in 2010-2011 based on utility reported savings estimates, enough to power more than 600,000 households for a year and the equivalent of two major power plants. In addition, the estimated savings cut CO2 emissions by 3.8 million tons, the equivalent of removing more than 700,000 cars from California’s roads.

In its 2010-2011 Energy Efficiency Annual Progress Evaluation Report the CPUC summarizes investor-owned utility implementation thus far of the CPUC’s $3.1 billion 2010-2012 energy efficiency program. The report outlined that 89 percent of estimated energy savings reported through 2011 occurred in the commercial (55 percent) and residential (34 percent) sectors, with the agricultural and industrial sectors combined making up the remaining 12 percent of electric savings.

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Direct Energy Launches New 100% Renewable Energy Offering

Direct Energy, one of the North America’s largest energy suppliers of electricity, natural gas and related services, recently launched in Texas, a new brand of wind power that offers 100 percent Green-e® Certified renewable energy.

It brings expanded product choice in Texas’ clean energy market and a variety of plan options for residential customers. The company said for each New Leaf Energy customer on a 12–month Clear Fixed Plan, the environmental impact of choosing clean energy is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 193 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.

New Leaf Energy offers contracts for 6, 12 and 24 month fixed–rate plans and a no–contract term that offers the option to switch to a fixed–rate plan from New Leaf Energy at any time.

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Enova Energy Group Announces Wood Pellet Projects

Atlanta based Enova Energy Group, LLC (“Enova”) a clean energy development company, has announced that it will build 3 wood pellet projects in Georgia and South Carolina beginning in Q1 2012.

Enova will develop these biomass plants to produce wood pellets to be used as a renewable fuel for export to the European Union public and private utilities. The facilities will each produce 450,000 metric tons each for total 1.35MM metric tons by 2014. Approximately 450 jobs will be created during construction and over 200 permanent jobs. The wood pellet projects are expected to cost $330 million.

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