With over 2 billion wireless devices (mobile phones) produced every year, the recycling and reuse of these gadgets is an important environmental issue. Todd chats to Perry LaForge of the Device Renewal Forum about how many major companies are now approaching the issue.
The DRF’s mission is “to expand the growth of the device renewal market through the development of a common and branded certification process for renewed wireless devices”, which means that for consumers, a DRF-certified device will have been properly processed, removing any traces of the previous owners data, and confirms that the phone meets the technical requirements for use on a mobile network.
Avoid the “new car smell” around your laptop, backpack, .. or wine.
Tom Larsen of Greensmart talks about products that use consumer waste as replacement for Neoprene in all sorts of products. Greensmart’s primary mission is to use recycled materials to make computer and travel bags for all sorts of applications. That means that in addition to being the responsible thing to do recycle-wise, you can avoid the unpleasant effects of “out-gassing” that occur with all new plastic products.
Interview by Courtney Wallin and Andy McCaskey of SDRNews for the TechPodcast Network.
Jennifer Berry from Earth911 joins us to talk about the Recycle directory Earth 911. When you need it, Earth 911 will tell you where to take your recyclables. They have been around for 20 years, in which their hotline, website or iPhone app will let you know. Just type in your zip code and you will find where to go.
Andy McCaskey interviews the Anthony Scarsella, Chief Gadget Officer of gazelle.com, a user friendly website offering reverse online shopping to resell or recycle your used electronics.
You probably have a drawer full of gadgets that could have some real cash value. You can find out quickly and easily, with Gazelle – without the risks of on-line auctions or in person cash exchanges for your old electronics.