April has been declared to be cell phone recycling month by e-cycle, a buyback and old cellular phone recycling company in the United States. To tie in with “Earth Day”, which is held on the twenty second of this month, the company has decided to use the whole of the month of April to raise awareness of the problems caused by electrical waste such as used cell phones, and the fact that there is an alternative, namely recycling.
A prison riot kicked off over a cell phone yesterday at the maximum security Holman Prison, which is situated in Atmore in the United States. Dorm ‘A’, which plays host to a hundred and fifteen inmates, was the site of the uprising which was sparked when a prison officer discovered an inmate with an unauthorized cell phone and attempted to remove it from his possession.
The Student Council of Colbert County High in Alabama in the United States is getting into cell phone recycling. The Council has decided to enter into a competition to collect old cell phones in the hope of winning cash for the school and an iPad. Colbert County High is one three schools participating in the contest, which is being sponsored by the Dallas based recycling company CPS Cellular, in the local area.
HTC is beginning its annual collection drive to recycle all the old phone books from 2010, as well as any old cell phones that those in the community wish to donate. HTC, which is based in Conway in the United States, and everyone who is involved in the community effort, will end up benefitting from the scheme. Local schools, for instance, which serve as the primary drop-off point for the old phone books and used cell phones, will get the opportunity to spend up to two and a half thousand US dollars on technology, while the overall area’s school system will also receive cash to enable them to help homeless students.
A cell phone that refuses to operate while a motor vehicle is in operation could be the answer to the fight against distracted driving, according to a state lawmaker of Rhode Island in the United States. Rep Charlene Lima, D-Cranston, wants the device, which is available from several manufacturers, to be installed in the vehicles of anyone who has been caught using their cell phones while driving. It involves the installation of software on the cell phone that can detect when an engine is in use and will then refuse to make calls or allow texting until the engine has been switched off
38 years ago, on April 3, 1973, Martin Cooper, and engineer for Motorola made the first public cellular phone call. The purpose of the call was to show the FCC the new and amazing technology they had developed; a technology that would need FCC approval and an allocated frequency band to see it put into practical application.
Advocates of recycling in Illinois in the United States say that the law is not doing enough to force manufacturers to get with the program when it comes to the recycling of electronic goods, including old cell phones. While the state passed a law during 2010 that forces them to recycle their electronic goods, including used cell phones, those companies have fallen well short of the target amount and have been ‘rewarded’ by having the target lowered for this year.
Clark Gardens Botanical Park in Texas in the United States recently came up with a novel way to try to entice people into cell phone recycling. Every time someone donates an old cellular phone, they will be given a tree sapling. The idea, which was used for a limited time only at a festival, which was held over the weekend, saw forty-eight old cell phones being donated for recycling, with tree saplings of such species as Bur Oak, Chinkapin Oak, Green Ash and Shumard Oak (all Texas natives) given to those that participated. There are still a few tree saplings left and the program will continue for a brief period until they are all gone.
The Los Angeles Police Department are adopting a ‘zero tolerance’ to all forms of distracted driving, including drivers who are caught talking or texting on their cell phones whilst operating a motor vehicle, throughout the month of April. Distracted Driving Awareness Month kicked off in the state of California in the United States at six o’clock this morning, with the Los Angeles Police Department teaming up with more than two hundred and twenty-five other agencies, including the California Highway Patrol, to clamp down on distracted driving offenders.
In ‘s-Hertogenbosch, North Brabant, Netherlands at St. John’s Cathedral, a 12-year restoration project has come to an end. Among the many restored and cleaned statues sits an angel holding a cell phone to her ear. The phone has only one button; after all, the artist says, she only needs to phone God.