Mercer Elementary School is looking a little green as a result of its new cell phone recycling scheme, being headed by a bunch of third graders. Just before the Christmas holidays, the students of teacher Mary Lou Van Eman and Dana Olsen, the school’s reading recovery teacher, began to draw up their plans for a new cell phone recycling program. The third grade class has managed to get the whole of Mercer Elementary School involved with the project and as of Friday, over two hundred used cell phones have already been handed in. Third graders Dylan Nugent and Claire Steinbrunner say that newer used cell phones will be refurbished, given new chips and sent to island countries such as Haiti, while those old cell phones that are somewhat beyond refurbishing will be smelted and then recycled in other ways. The program, the main emphasis of which is on “Going Green” will carry on until the end of this week.
Streamlight Inc has joined the call. The company, which manufactures high performance flashlights and is regarded as one of the biggest names in that industry, has joined in with the recycling program known as Call2Recycle. Call2Recycle was set up to help with the recycling of rechargeable batteries and old cell phones in North America way back in 1994, and in the almost seventeen years since its inception has sent more than fifty million pounds of rechargeable batteries and old cellular phones that would otherwise have been headed to landfills to one of their thirty thousand recycling drop off locations across the country.
The student council at the Magnolia West High School in Houston has decided to take action on the environment, setting up its own cell phone recycling scheme for school students. Magnolia West High School student council member Jaiden Whitely said the council decided to pursue the project as one of their philanthropy assignments for the current school semester, and soon saw the benefits of persuading people to get into the cell phone recycling process rather than just throwing them out to end up as landfill.
According to New York lawyer Jonathan C. Reiter, “Being ignorant of the law does not make one innocent.” So, dear readers, if you are from NYC, it might be important to note that, according to the Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1225c, the use of a hand-held cell phone while driving is illegal. Other US locations with similar laws include California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington State, Washington DC, and the Virgin Islands. Still other states have varying laws covering texting while driving and talking while driving. If you don’t know yours, you should look into it.
True Value Hard-ware has established itself as the recycling location for the community of Sicamous, the place where residents can drop off their used cell phones to be recycled, among other electronic products that are battery operated.
A new scheme for recycling used cell phones and other battery operated pieces of now defunct technology is being implemented thanks to Office Depot.
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The E-Cycle law, introduced in Wisconsin on the first of September last year, appears to be paying off. The law banned the dumping of clapped out electronic devices such as old televisions, computers, stereos and old cell phones, in landfills, and trash collectors ceased to pick up such items left out by citizens.
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Why not start the year off right by selling off the old cell phone and putting a little bit of extra cash in your pocket?