Residents of Cheshire are being encouraged to recycle electrical products, including old cell phones, in a bid to cut down on the number of such items ending up in landfills. The newspaper, The Middlewich Guardian, says that the Cheshire West and Chester Council is running a new scheme under the name of ‘Don’t Bin It, Bring It’.
I read an article this morning in the Dallas Morning News about how few of us lock our cell phones or protect it with security software and that is really not very smart.
Police officers in Mumbai in India have been ordered to turn off their cell phones by their police chief, who is furious over the amount of time his men are wasting on their cell phones when they should be working.
A teacher who rattled a desk to get his students’ attention in class got more than he bargained for when one of his female eighth grade students was so alarmed by his behavior that she used her cell phone to call the police.
The revolutions occurring across the Middle East are being pushed along by the advent of modern technological developments such as cell phones and social media websites on the internet. Cell phones have been used to record events on the streets in countries such as Tunisia and Egypt and Libya, which are then uploaded for the internet for other citizens and indeed the rest of the world to witness, with footage of violent government crackdowns on peaceful protesters only further fuelling anger and revolt against the authoritarian regimes.
An American woman suspended from her job because she took a cell phone call from her son – a soldier in Afghanistan – has received an apology from her company. Teresa Danford answered a cell phone call from her son, Lance Corporal Mark Rhyne, who is currently serving in Afghanistan, while at work last Monday, the fourteenth of February, only to find herself being suspended from her job for three days for breaking company “policy”.
Two men have been arrested over the murder of nineteen year old Jonathan Clements, who advertised on craigslist wanting to buy an old cellular phone. Twenty three year old Alexander D Lyons was arrested and arraigned on Friday evening for the crime and was jailed without bond, only for a second man, nineteen year old Lamar DeAngelo Clemons, to be also be arrested and arraigned on Saturday morning, who was held in lieu of a two million bond. Police say that the murder was part of a planned robbery, with neither of having any intention of ever selling Clements a phone.
Somewhere between twenty and fifty million tons of electronic waste, including old cell phones, is generated worldwide each and every year, according to Greenpeace International, with more than four and a half million landing up in landfills in the United States alone, which makes the moves toward finding ways toward the recycling of used cell phones and other electrical equipment so important, particularly when the improper disposal of these items can lead to dangerous toxins such as cadmium, lead and mercury polluting both the air and the soil of the world around us.
Users of wireless cell phones in the United States of America are being hit with record taxes which account for almost twenty percent of their actual cell phone bill. PCMag.com says that those living in Nebraska, New York and Washington are being particularly slugged in fees and taxes. A report published in the magazine entitled “A Growing Burden: Taxes and Fees On Wireless Services”, was compiled over a period of no less than five years by tax experts from KSE Partners, who spent that time monitoring the local, state and federal taxes being imposed on wireless cell phones customers. In the three year period between 2007 and 2010, those taxes and fees jumped upward by more than three times that of the retails sales rate.
The first cell phone recycling scheme ever to be launched in Kenya is about to get underway courtesy of collaboration between cell phone service provider Safaricom and Computers for Schools Kenya (CSK), which runs a recycling scheme for computers in the country.