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The 10 most polluted places on earth

The 10 most polluted places on earth

| December 17, 2013

Shanghai earned some unwanted media coverage recently when photos of the smog-ridden air went viral on the Internet. People were stunned by images of the alarmingly opaque air, and rightfully so. So would you believe that Shanghai doesn’t even crack the top ten on a list of the most polluted places in the world? The […]

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Recycling programs spread cheer with holiday light recycling

Recycling programs spread cheer with holiday light recycling

| November 27, 2013

‘Tis the season for eggnog, quality time with family, and getting hopelessly tangled in endless strands of holiday lights. If you’re like many families, you have at least one strand of old lights lurking somewhere in your basement. You know that some of the bulbs are burned out. You know that the wire isn’t exactly […]

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Bloomberg makes effort to expand electronics recycling in New York

Bloomberg makes effort to expand electronics recycling in New York

| September 30, 2013

With time running out on his mayoral tenure, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is ramping up eleventh hour efforts to improve his city’s recycling programs, focusing on electronics recycling in New York. Despite being the nation’s largest city, the Big Apple notoriously lags behind other large cities in percentage of waste recycled. The rather […]

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“Mining” precious metals in cell phones

“Mining” precious metals in cell phones

| September 23, 2013

That cell phone is a lot of things to you: calendar, method of communication, source of entertainment — but have you ever thought of it as a gold mine? If not, Indian company Attero wants you to start. Believe it or not, there are trace amounts of precious metals in cell phones. (You knew there […]

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Cool off on National Ceiling Fan Day

Cool off on National Ceiling Fan Day

| September 18, 2013

Get ready for a breezy celebration: September 18th marks the first annual National Ceiling Fan Day. Yes, we’re serious. Perhaps you won’t be too surprised to learn that National Ceiling Fan Day was founded by ceiling fan manufacturing company, Fanimation. So perhaps it’s not an entirely altruistic venture, but we still think these underrated contraptions deserve a […]

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Sprint breaks world record for cell phone recycling

Sprint breaks world record for cell phone recycling

| September 12, 2013

Americans throw away 140 million cell phones per year. That’s almost one cell phone for every two Americans. Why do we churn through phones so quickly? The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the average lifespan of a cell phone is 18 months. Sure, sometimes they break or get lost, but the bigger culprit seems to […]

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The trouble with e-waste recycling

The trouble with e-waste recycling

| July 29, 2013

Admit it: you have a few old electronics lying around gathering dust. Perhaps it’s an old cell phone (or two, or three). Maybe it’s an outdated or broken video game system. You might have a desktop computer that you haven’t used since 2003. You have the sense that these items shouldn’t simply be dumped in […]

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4 energy-efficient cooling options for summer

4 energy-efficient cooling options for summer

| July 26, 2013

Summer’s here, and high power bills will only make you feel the heat more. Worry not. Energy-efficient cooling is just a few steps away with these tips that will leave you wondering, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ Air conditioners ahoy Think of your house as an envelope. You need to seal cracks and crevices […]

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China erects “green fence” to keep dirty recycling out

China erects “green fence” to keep dirty recycling out

| July 2, 2013

It’s the dirty little secret of the recycling world: North America is very far from being a zero-waste continent, and the hidden underpinning of the recycling market here is the ability to sell what we can’t recycle to overseas markets, foremost among them China. There, with relaxed or non-existent safety regulations and vastly lower wages, […]

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Recycling electronics in New York gets easier

Recycling electronics in New York gets easier

| June 4, 2013

That smashed iPhone you’re about to toss in the garbage? Not so fast — especially if you’re one of the millions of apartment-dwellers in New York City. There’s a new electronics recycling program in town. Why NYC? As the most densely populated city in the United States, it has more than its share of apartments. […]

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