How to Recycle a Hoverboard

Hoverboard

Hoverboards captured the American imagination more than 40 years ago.

The reality hasn’t quite lived up to our expectations, however. Numerous stories of hoverboards catching fire have spread across the news. This has often been due to the overcharging of the boards’ lithium ion batteries.  Still, concerns for safety abound.

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Green options for recharging your electronics

Energizer's new Recharge batteries are faster and longer lasting than other rechargeables.

Energizer’s new Recharge batteries are faster and longer lasting than other rechargeables.

As the electronics in our homes proliferate, so does the need to keep them charged. Invariably, you or others in your household need to recharge that smart phone, iPad, tablet, Xbox, mp3 or DVD player or other favorite “toy”, and there are never enough electrical outlets to go around.

Recharging leads to batteries that all too often end up in landfills and/or electricity that gets wasted when the device is fully charged but the charger stays on. There are greener ways to go.

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Could proposed new standards stop energy “vampires”?

Take a good look around any home and you’ll find them – those almost unnoticeable red, blue or yellow lights indicating that some appliance or electronic device is plugged in. That “vampire energy” drain happens even when you’re not around.

According to a 2008 study, unoccupied new homes in California used 117 watts before anyone had even moved in!

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Conserve Smart AV cuts energy leakage from electronics

Conserve Smart AV lets you reduce the level of standby energy your electronics waste

As we fill our homes with an ever-growing array of electronics, we also increase the amount of energy we waste.

A large number of gadgets continuously “leak” small amounts of electricity when they’re plugged in but not in use. That accounts for hundreds of dollars added to our annual utility bills. Home entertainment systems are real energy hogs, consuming wasted energy 24/7 just by being in stand-by mode.

Now there’s a device that can automatically shut them down when they’re not in use. For more on this story see http://bit.ly/qJBKGP.

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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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.

Scientists create biodegradable foam packaging

Styrofoam is recyclable but few recycling centers will accept it

Styrofoam (or polystyrene) has been the standard for packing around electronics for years. Despite the fact that numerous recycling centers for this material have sprung up around the country, few municipalities accept it as part of their recycling stream – mostly due to lack of market demand and high transportation costs.

Now an international group of scientists has created a new type of biodegradable foam made from clay and casein, a protein found in cow’s milk.

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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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BuyBackWorld gives good prices for electronic gadgets

We all have them – unused, outdated electronic gadgets crammed into drawers, closets and garages. It’s an “out of sight, out of mind” story with an “I’ll get to it sometime” mindset. 

An online marketplace called BuyBackWorld is a great fit for all those once-loved “toys”. This site will help you score you some added cash, clear out those chock-full places and help the environment, all at the same time. 

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