Mushrooms Can Mine the Gold From Your Old Cellphones

Crack open your dumb old phone, and you'll find lots of circuits and no lack of precious metals. "In 100,000 cell phones, it's estimated that there is 2.4 kilograms of gold, more than 900 kilograms of copper, 25 kilograms of silver, and more," according to Motherboard. Could a safer and and cheaper method of recovering… » 4/14/14 7:00pm 4/14/14 7:00pm

E-Hell on Earth: Where the West's Electronics Go to Die

While American consumers clamor for the latest and greatest in consumer electronics, our older digital devices are inundating and poisoning a generation of children in Ghana. Colorado Springs Gazette photographer Michael Ciaglo recently visited the largest e-waste processing site in the African nation and returned with … » 10/09/13 12:15pm 10/09/13 12:15pm

Best Buy Expands Gadget Recycling Program To All Stores

Best Buy has gone nationwide with the gadget recycling program they began testing back in June. It isn't the best recycling program out there—no TVs over 32-inches, no "appliances", and a $10 fee for recycling laptops and TV monitors that is converted into a Best Buy gift card. Still, it ranks high on convenience. [Best… » 2/24/09 1:20pm 2/24/09 1:20pm

TV Makers Get Abysmal Grades For E-Waste Recycling Programs

With just a few months before the digital TV conversion renders millions of sets obsolete (well, kind of), a group called the Electronics TakeBack Coalition is trying to shame major companies into some » 11/17/08 10:30pm 11/17/08 10:30pm initiative by giving them . Of all the companies surveyed, the highest score (B-) went to Sony, which launched the…

More Video Evidence of China's E-Waste Problem

We've posted about China's e-waste problem » 11/10/08 7:20pm 11/10/08 7:20pm before; a problem that stems from other countries needing to offload their trash and China being more than receptive because of good money to be had from salvaging. But what we haven't seen much of is video. to capture it, but were attacked from Chinese residents that wanted …

60 Minutes Reporter Investigates China's E-Waste Pits, Gets Attacked

Click to view » 11/07/08 1:25am 11/07/08 1:25am 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley went to Guiyi, China to document the lives of Chinese e-waste workers there. He was able to get footage of what these pits, which process much of the toxic electronic scrap we in the West throw away, look like—despite being jumped by angry e-waste lot owners and…

Majority of US E-Waste Gets 'Recycled' in Asia, Where Recycling Is Often …

A new report by the US Government Accountability Office is claiming that the majority of US E-Waste recycling services should reconsider dumping our 20 million plus pounds of waste on Asia, where it's cheaper but also less effective. Many of the major electronics manufacturers ( Samsung » 9/19/08 9:45am 9/19/08 9:45am, , , more) have been proudly…

Sony Ericsson Wins Greenest Electronics Company Award

Congratulations, Sony Ericsson, for winning what was ultimately a barely challenging competition to become the greenest electronics company around. Our favorite Swedish-Japanese conglomerate rose to the top of Greenpeace's Greener Electronics Guide by exceeding Energy Star requirements, making all its models PVC-free… » 6/29/08 10:00pm 6/29/08 10:00pm

Westinghouse Throws Its Support Behind Universal Adapter Concept

Even if it's not keeping up with other types of LCD technology, Westinghouse is at least throwing its support behind a solution for an age old problem. The budget electronics maker said that it had committed to using a "universal adapter" made by start-up Green Plug that will power everything from cell phones to… » 6/14/08 4:00pm 6/14/08 4:00pm

Best Buy Testing Free E-Waste Recycling Program (No Catches, So Far)

It's rare we get to write something positive about Best Buy, but here goes! It's testing a free e-waste recycling program in 117 stores in eight states (Update: Here's the detailed list, thanks Loop!). You can bring in two items a day, like computers, monitors, TVs up to 32 inches, etc., even if it didn't originally… » 6/02/08 12:40pm 6/02/08 12:40pm

China's E-Waste Problem Poisons Children, Destroys Cities

Since the 1980s, cities like Guiyu, China, have been taking in electronic waste from other countries for dismantlement and processing. It's great for other countries, but takes a huge toll on the people managing the effort because of the "metal extraction of circuit boards" and "open dumping of waste and ash residue into… » 4/04/08 3:00pm 4/04/08 3:00pm