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Good music and cellphone recycling

October 6, 2010
Posted in Lifestyle

We’ve all got them: Old cellphones with dead batteries and archaic chargers piling up in bottom drawers and in cupboards. If you’re like us then you probably shudder at the thought of simply tossing them out with regular household waste. And so you should.

Cellphones are electronic waste and not only can many of the materials be recycled for future use but they also pose a potential chemical hazard when simply dumped into landfill sites.

So, if you’re in Joburg or Cape Town this weekend why not go along to the Rocking the Daisies (Cape Town) or Rocking the Gardens (JHB) concerts and drag all your old cellphones along? Nokia, a sponsor of the concerts, will have recycling bins available at the venues ready to receive all your old mobile phones.

They don’t have to be Nokia phones, any make of mobile phone will be accepted and Nokia has also committed to planting a tree for every 20 phones collected.

More on Nokia’s blog

Nokia tops eco-friendly chart

September 18, 2008
Posted in Green News

Thanks to its expanding cellphone take-back programme Nokia has reclaimed the top spot in the Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics. Second and third place went to Fujitsu Siemens and Samsung respectively.

Bringing up the rear of the guide were Nintendo and Microsoft. Nintendo scored just 0.8 out of 10 as the company had made no progress on dealing with e-waste and it still had no timeline in place for eliminating PVC in its products. When burned, PVC releases dioxin, a well-known carcinogen.

In 17th place Microsoft scored just 2.2 points for its failure to deal adequately with toxic chemicals and a timeline of 2010 for eliminating phthalates – a toxic chemical – in its products.

The major PC makers including Dell, Toshiba, HP, LG, Acer and Panasonic all scored less than 5 points in guide.

Further down the list are Lenovo and Apple. Lenovo was rewarded for its e-waste programme while Apple was marked down for its failure to put in place a proper e-waste programme.

Apple did, however, gain good marks for energy efficiency along with Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung.

Greenpeace says that to date no company has released a computer completely free of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and PVC, though several are restricting the use of the neurotoxin. Last week, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that the new iPod line will be free of BFRs, PVC and mercury, following the lead of companies like Nokia and Sony Ericsson.

“This is a great step by Apple towards its commitment to eliminate these toxic chemicals from all its products by the end of 2008,” said toxics campaigner Casey Harrell. “They should continue this positive work and improve their ranking by announcing a free, global recycling programme.”

In related news Intel this week released its new Xeon 5400 processors that use Hafnium which allows them to avoid using fire retardants such as BFRs.

Cell phone charger that doesn’t waste electricity

May 1, 2008
Posted in Lifestyle

Pocket Picks reports that Nokia has come up with a cell phone charger that switches itself off when your phone is charged. We’ve all been told to unplug our appliances at the wall because they still use electricity in standby mode. Well, the Zero Waste charger has a big green button on the back that you press to start charging and that automatically pops up when the battery’s charged. This cuts down on the amount of electricity wasted. It’s apparently still a prototype but got hold of one and posted a video on You Tube about it.