Earth Day shines a light on e-scrap recycling

Earth Day shines a light on e-scrap recycling

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

April 18, 2014

With the 45th annual Earth Day taking place next week, we take a look at the ways a number of e-scrap companies and organizations around the globe are marking the occasion.

Battery recycling group Call2Recycle has put together an online toolkit to help educate consumers on proper disposal of rechargeable batteries and cellphones.

Noting that "Earth Day long ago outgrew its April 22 place in the calendar year," CalRecycle, the governmental body in charge of waste and recycling for the state of California, has put together a vast array of events taking place throughout the month and into May. Check out the list here.

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is looking ahead to April 23 for a lively Twitter discussion on recycling old devices and the latest developments from the trade group's eCycling Leadership Initiative. Join in from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern and use the hashtag #CEAgreen to be eligible to win win a new wireless sound system from Samsung — just don’t forget to recycle your old one.

Kid-focused environmental organization Earth Rangers is gathering momentum in the lead-up to Earth Day by encouraging parents and their children to take on special Earth Rangers Missions. The Battery Blitz Mission has already led to the recycling of more than 30,000 batteries by 4,000 members, and the Canadian group is banking on Earth Day to push participation even more.

In advance of Earth Day, ecoATM, the automated electronics trade-in kiosk company, has released findings from a recent survey that offers some data on Americans' tendency to let old electronics collect dust. According to the company, 57 percent of survey respondents said they owned idle phones and devices and 39 percent said they owned at least two. The most discouraging finding? Just 46 percent of respondents said they would even consider recycling their old gadgets.

PBS will premiere "A Fierce Green Fire" on April 22 at 9 p.m. Eastern The documentary tracks modern environmentalism, which the film depicts as "one of the largest movements of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st." Directed by Oscar-nominee Mark Kitchell, the documentary explores a variety of topics, including waste reduction and conservation.

Global electronics recycling firm Sims Recycling Solutions will be hosting a series of e-scrap collection events throughout the world this Earth Day and has compiled a list of tips for conscientious citizens to live — or at least recycle — by. Included in the list are Sims' pleas to "put off the upgrade" and "reuse what you can," after a recent event survey showed that just 20 percent of dropped-off devices were truly end-of-life.

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