A new documentary film titled "Terra Blight" takes a look at the hazardous waste created by American consumers' consumption of electronics by tracing the life cycle of computers from their creation to their disposal. According to a synopsis of the film, "the audience will never look at their computer the same way again."
Cell phone service provider Verizon Wireless has collected 1 million retail trade-in devices through its In Store Trade-In Program, which was a launched a year ago and has kept 140 tons of e-scrap out of landfills. Through the program, customers purchasing a new device can trade in their old device for a gift card redeemable at the company's stores.
The Product Stewardship Institute will host a free webinar on Sept. 26, focused on collecting e-scrap in rural locations. For details, and to register, click here.
AERC Recycling Solutions and Global Tungsten and Powders Corp. have announced a joint venture to reclaim rare earth metals from used fluorescent lamps.
With the announcement of the new iPhone 5, ecoATM has announced it is scaling up its service to meet expected demand from consumers trading in older devices. The company says it will have 300 trade-in kiosks installed by the end of the year.