Midnight In The Desert — recycle

Your old computer could be a better source of metals than a mine

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Your old computer could be a better source of metals than a mine

From your water-logged phone to your smashed smart TV, those personal electronics headed for the landfill are a potential goldmine. Or copper mine. Or—some day—a lithium mine. Economists already knew that along with the swelling 44.7 million metric tons of electronic waste tossed each year we were throwing out billions of dollars in resources. But quantifying all the gold, copper, iron, plastic, and rare earths languishing in our landfills and recycling centers is only part of the problem. Figuring out whether it’s worthwhile, financially speaking, to sift those resources out of the rubble—instead of continuing to extract them from traditional...

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Recycled glass bottles can make more efficient batteries

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Recycled glass bottles can make more efficient batteries

A rechargeable battery made from materials sourced from recycled glass bottles has been shown to store almost four times more energy than conventional ones. Used glass bottles can be ground into a fine powder to create silicon based anodes. They could improve the battery life of devices such as smartphones and even extend the driving range of electric cars. However, the new batteries developed by researchers at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), contain a silicon-based cathode. Even with recycling programs, billions of glass bottles end up in landfills every year, which led the researchers to question if silicon dioxide...

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The true impact of not recycling our old electronics

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The true impact of not recycling our old electronics

Gadgets can be incredibly useful and beneficial parts of our lives. They can connect us, inform us, tell us which way to go and entertain us. And even as they can sometimes lead us to live life virtually instead of being truly in the moment, they can also bring us closer to the world around us. One of the biggest downsides of electronics is that their components are toxic to the environment, and to us, if they're just thrown away and left to leach into the earth. The ideal situation would be that all of us use, repair and repurpose...

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The Dirty Truth About Where Your Old Electronics Go

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The Dirty Truth About Where Your Old Electronics Go

We all know we should recycle our electronics, but we don't really know what happens after we drop them off at the e-waste center. So filmmaker Alex Gorosh followed his old iPhones, all the way to Agbogbloshie, Ghana, the largest electronics dump in the world. It's a place so dirty and dangerous it's nicknamed "Sodom and Gomorrah." It turns out about half of our discarded electronics are shipped overseas to places like Agbogbloshie where environmental regulations aren't as strict. At this particular site, some of the gadgets are taken apart, their salvageable components sold. But the large majority of them...

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