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12 things x-mas list, part 3

December 4th, 2009 No comments

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I am a bit of a type A personality. I like things to be organized. But sometimes I get lazy about it so whenever I find something that aids in my quest to have an organized life I get super excited.
One of the things I don’t have very organized currently is my recycling station. It currently consists of one bin and one empty plastic kitty litter box (which itself is getting recycled).
I’d much rather have this:

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The Mode Premium All-in-one Home Recycling center with mechanical compactor.
I believe there is a model without the can crusher. I almost never have aluminum cans to crush so I don’t need that. But the sleek design and separate compartments for different recyclables would be a smart addition to my apartment, and would look much much better than the makeshift bins I’m currently using (and take up less space).
And I like that you can get recyclable bin liners for it as well (for an extra $6.49).
The only question is if it is really worh the $250 price tag from Amazon.com.
It seems kinda pricey for the capacity to be honest. If it was $100 less I probably wouldn’t hesitate.

via Inhabitat Green Gift Guide

The Tech Waste problem

May 28th, 2009 1 comment

I was recently unpacking my plethora of boxes that have been in storage for the last year. About four of them contained nothing but empty CD jewel cases. Since I have no idea where I can possibly store them these days I decided to do a bit of research to see how I could ecologically dispose of them. After all I don’t want 30 lbs of plastic ending up in the already massive Great Pacific Garbage Patch that has been developing in the pacific for the last several decades.

To my dismay I found no place locally that could (or would?) recycle these things, not even in my very ecologically aware city.
What I did find was GreenDisk.
Logo GD The Tech Waste problem
GreenDisk allows you to ship your tech waste to them and they will not only destroy sensitive data (as on CDs, DVDs, and hard drives) but will dispose of your tech waste in an ecologically friendly way (i.e. recycling).
You do have to pay them, but the fee is nominal. For up to 20 lbs of waste (including disks, DVDs, jewel cases, printer cartridges, cables, iPods, digital cameras, cell phones, etc) it is only $6.95 plus shipping. Since mine was all media the shipping of a 28 lb box was about $13 using the US Postal Service.
So $20 total and my conscience is clear.
For amounts over 30 lbs they have a different pricing system as well as special rates for large tech wasters (e.g. companies). They also take all forms of computers and computer related items like scanners and printers.
So yeah, if you can’t find local places to recycle your tech waste (because local is always better if you can get it), then please, for the love of all that’s green, go to these guys:-)

Recycle your stuff with iRecycle

May 23rd, 2009 No comments

You never know what you’re going to find when you browse the iTunes App Store.  Since my partner is an ecoblogger, I like to keep an eye out for earth-friendly stuff for her to write about.  Well lo and behold, I found iRecycle (link to iTunes store) by a company called Earth911.com.

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This handy dandy little app lets you enter what it is you’re trying to recycle and a location.  By default it uses your GPS-determined location unless you enter something else.

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It then gives you a list of the closest places that will accept your item.  Pick a place to get a phone number, link to their web site (if available), an address, what they’ll accept, and where the site is near.

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The great thing about this app is that its information can be centrally updated so you don’t have to rely on the local phone books.  They also categorize each drop-off site for you, saving you the hassle of trying to get to a recycling center only to find out they won’t take what you dragged over.  Eco-friendly and convenient.  What more could you ask for?

EnviroBank Pays You For Recycling

May 5th, 2009 No comments
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EnviroBank Pays You For Recycling

I love the process of recycling. I love how it helps reuse our Earth’s limited resources and saves landfill from unecessary waste. Now, what I also love is getting paid to recycle thanks to EnviroBank.

You simply drop your recycles in the vending machine and it gives you cash back for your nice gestures to Mother Nature. They are now called reverse vending machines and take aluminum cans, PET, HDPE, PVC recyclable materials. Envirobank also takes brown, clear, and green glass. They can hold up to 3,000 containers.

Currently, it is only in Australia as a trial run but we expect to to catch on rather quickly. Heck, why not have them right next to typical vending machines.

Via Coolest Gadgets