Young people earn “Hero” awards

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If you’re a child of the 50’s, you’ll remember Ark Linkletter and his famous Kids say the Darndest Things!  Young people see things differently, ideas and possibilities others don’t and take action to make them come alive.

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Easy ways to recycle almost anything – Part 2

When it comes to recycling, after “the usual” stuff (plastic, paper, etc.), the next level gets pretty interesting and diverse. Retailers have jumped in to make it easy for consumers. Here’s another list of resources you may find useful.

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Illinois to test curbside e-waste pickup

The majority of cities across the U.S., though strangely not all, have curbside pick-up for recyclables. Some – including San Francisco, and Seattle – are now even experimenting by including  with compostables with their curbside recycling efforts.

Illinois is going one better, testing out a pilot program that focuses on curbside pickup of electronic waste products.

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Two companies caught by EPA trying to export hazardous discarded electronics to Vietnam

Two recycling companies were caught by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency trying to illegally export e-waste to Vietnam.

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Best Buy creates “Future Proof” electronics buy back program

With all the advances in technology,that great laptop / tablet you got for Christmas will be obsolete within a year or less.

Best Buy has come up with a solution for those who just have to have the latest and greatest electronic “toys”.

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Electronics recycling made simple

E-waste is a growth industry – literally growing exponentially. The news has been full of stories about electronic waste that’s been either dumped or thought to be recycled that ended up in Third World countries where they’re smashed and/or openly incinerated.

On November 9th, The Story of Stuff Project released a new animated short called The Story of Electronics, with Annie Leonard, which simplifies what really happens to our formerly favorite gadgets when we discard them. They don’t just “go away” – they go somewhere and have a serious environmental impact.

Check out this fascinating video, then pass it along so others can begin to understand that “away” doesn’t mean gone and that by our speaking up to manufacturers, we can create positive change in this negative situation.

Computer memory manufacturer launches a memory card take-back program

Kingston Technology – a leading manufacturer of memory products for computers and other electronics including memory modules, USB drives, SD and microSD cars – has partnered with California-based Electronic Recyclers (ERI)- the largest electronics recycler in North America – to launch the first-ever mail-back program for unwanted memory cards and other memory products.

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