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.
Residents of New York in the United States will now be able to recycle their old cell phones and other electrical goods free of charge. A new law, the Electronic Recycling and Reuse Act goes into effect today, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) which not only sets in motion the biggest e-waste program in the whole of the United States, but also forces manufacturers to recycle at least some of their own equipment all over the state to meet a predetermined goal.
San Gabriel Valley in California in the United States is set to embark on a new scheme to make it easier for people to recycle their household batteries, including ones from their old cell phones. The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOOG) decided to create a way to increase support for the recycling of old batteries from items such as used cell phones by increasing the number of drop off outlets at business and retail outlets throughout the community in the wake of research that suggested more people would recycle if there were more convenient ways for them to be able to do so.
Sick of the battery going dead in your cell phone? Worried by the environmental impact of batteries? Both concerns could soon be a thing of the past thanks to a radical device that uses nanotechnology to allow you to power your cell phone and other electrical devices with your own body. The Georgia Institute of Technology has come up with a way to charge up cell phones with a flick of your own finger.
A bungling police officer ‘accidentally’ erased all the evidence contained on a cell phone belonging to a murder suspect, it was revealed yesterday. At the trial of Brad Cooper in Raleigh in the United States, who has been charged with the murder of his wife Nancy, Detective Jim Young has admitted that after gaining a court order from AT & T in order to access the password protected phone, he received instructions on how to access the material from an AT & T representative whose name he did not record, and then attempted to do so some time later based on the memory of those instructions.
Boone County High School in Cincinnati in the United States is getting on the idea to recycle cell phones in order to save the gorillas. To this end, the high school has joined forces with Cincinnati Zoo to run the program to recycle old cell phones, which has been given the name of Eco-Cell.
Manchester Town in Carroll County in the United States continues to increase its efforts to “go green”. The Manchester Town offices, which introduced a printer cartridge recycling and a cell phone recycling scheme last year, is now expanding its operations to accept all rechargeable batteries for recycling, including but not limited to ones used in old cell phones. Even the town’s newspaper will now be published electronically rather than on paper, though hard copies will still be available for residents who do not use the internet.
Dr Devra Davis is a visiting fellow at Harvard University and a leading scientist on the dangers of cell phones. The scientist believes that cell phone radiation is in fact far more dangerous than most people believe, although in many cases the danger is increased by the fact that that ignorance prevents people from taking the precautions that could reduce the risk considerably.
People will be able to help the wild ape populations of Africa and Asia just by recycling cell phones at Brookfield Zoo. The Chicago Zoological Society, which runs Brookfield Zoo, is holding ape awareness weekends on the second and third and then the ninth and tenth of April. This is designed to both enable people to learn about the three species of ape contained in the zoo. They are the orangutans, western lowland gorillas and white cheeked gibbons. There will be educational and fun activities making them aware of the cell phone recycling scheme being run by the zoo, whereby people can donate their old cell phones in order to help apes, which live in their natural habitats in Africa and Asia.