E-Waste and Your Superfly iPhone

Technology is often cited by those on the long end of the generational divide as the embodiment of the downfall of society—it’s ruining our kids, they say. Their communication skills are trickling away, and they don’t play outside anymore, and a multitude of other aspersions cast ever since the first tool turned up in the hands of a younger hominid while an older one was around to pontificate on the matter.

The sad reality is, however, that the speedy advance of technology is giving some credence to the old-timer’s call: while the average computer was used for 10 years in the 1980s, the lifespan is just three now, and still falling. Mobile phones have an average life of two years, and they, too, can expect to be kept around less and less as their technology evolves into a handheld PC.

None of this is bad, you say—what’s the problem? The problem is what’s come to be called e-waste: the millions of tons every year of lead, mercury, lithium, and other toxins that are finding their way into our landfills through technology that didn’t exist as recently as 2005. To give you an idea of how fast three years is in technology, 2005 was the release date for the first-generation iPod nano.

Where is all this bad stuff in my technology, anyway?

It depends on the material. Lead is a common component is cathode ray tubes, the old-school TVs that we all had growing up, back before cable TV, LCD flat screens, and 400 channels. Of course, “common” is a relative term—each CRT contained 4 to 8 pounds of the stuff, and as lead paint has taught us, even a little lead is bad. The widespread availability of HDTVs has already consigned a lot of these old warhorses to the landfill, and recession or no, expect far more to head that way as the February 1st, 2009 deadline for the FCC’s digital conversion approaches.

Mercury, on the other hand, is far more rare—popular in the fluorescent lamps that illuminate laptop screens, and in tiny batteries that power circuit boards, but always available in minute amounts. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much mercury to render an area’s water supply useless for several years, and so it ‘s absolutely imperative to keep even trace amounts of this metal contained—something that we’re not doing as the largest generation yet of laptops heads for the dumpster.

Finally, there’s lithium—the baby of cell phones, which have switched over to a more efficient medium after being powered by, and filling our landfills for years with, a carcinogen, cadmium. Lithium is the primary component in cell phone batteries that are optimized for high-drain devices, and, since they’re usually specialized for a unit, and that unit has a lifespan of less than two years, are consigned to a quick death.

What, exactly, can lithium, mercury, and lead do to me?

Bad, bad things—they all have severe neurological aspects to their symptoms that manifest themselves in a variety of ways, in addition to other ways of making sure that you do not want to be alive. Lead poisoning is the most common, since it was common as a paint bas for several years—reduced cognitive ability, nausea, irritability, abdominal pain, insomnia, lethargy or hyperactivity and even seizures or a coma are all ways that the presence of toxic amounts of lead in your system can make itself be known. It works by attacking both your peripheral and central nervous systems, and doesn’t stop with you—the damage can also manifest itself through birth defects in your offspring.

Lithium is almost as bad—it can put you into a coma as well, and offers a chance for permanent neurological damage, but won’t pass on the deadly legacy to your children. Mercury? A veritable cakewalk, as your skin first feels like it’s itching constantly (peripheral neuropathy, an attack on your nervous system), and then it peels off, a symptom called desquamation.

Earth 911 logoIs anybody doing anything about it?

Every major manufacturer has a recycling program for their products, and most of them will accept their products for free. Lenovo/IBM even goes so far as to accept other manufacturer’s junk at over 30,000 drop-off locations, an effort towards corporate responsibility that leads their industry. There are also several retailer programs, of which Staples has the most universal program—bring them your e-waste, and they’ll accept almost anything: computers, laptops, printers, faxes, monitors, and all-in-ones. The EPA has a list of all the major donation programs available and Earth 911 has a roster of especially worthy causes, as well.

Cialis genérico es cualquier recurso que tiene el asunto Tadalafil

Alano García de Madrid pide “lo que puede ser la diferencia entre la pastilla y marca Cialis Cialis genérico?” mi respuesta es la siguiente: marca Cialis es la píldora de color amarillo original que se hace por Elli Lilly Medicina mientras que Cialis genérico es cualquier medicamento que se haga del compuesto Tadalafil. Estos días, Genérico Cialis se hace en algunos países como Francia. Por favor, consulte Cialis que ambos medicamentos se ofrecen en 3 dosis: 5 mg, 10 mg y 20 mg y se ve tanto en forma de almendra
Tadalafil es el nombre genérico de Cialis cápsulas! Tadalafil fue desarrollado por Elli Lilly Medicina en 2002 para ayudar a los chicos que tienen carácter temporal de la disfunción sexual y muy rápido se convirtió en el más común entre los médicos los medicamentos para las personas con alto nivel de cuestiones sexuales.

Operación de prótesis de pene: La última elección para la disfunción eréctil

Usted también puede ayudar fracaso eréctil del pene artificial con dispositivo de intervención quirúrgica. Esta operación implica médica empujando un implante artificial, y una bomba en el pene para hacer más saludable la erección peneana suficiente para el coito. Se trata de hacer sólo como última alternativa en caso de que otros medicamentos para la disfunción del pene se pierda
Sin embargo, no dejan enfriar el amor la vida en la vejez. Superior de la gente disfrutar de la vida demasiado amor! El sexo es muy importante para los antiguos hombres y no hay necesidad de renunciar a relaciones sexuales sólo por la vejez. Pastillas como Viagra pastillas le pueden ayudar a conseguir la erección si sufre de impotencia.

“Una web dedicada a la farmacia le llamará para reponer su fin Viagra”, dice Guillermo Fernández, un supervisor de servicio al cliente de Palma de Mallorca. Si usted toma Viagra cápsulas en un calendario común, es una buena idea si su red de farmacias se pondrá en contacto con usted para comprar su nuevo Viagra comprimidos por lo que no hay motivos para ser más agitada.
un número de días recibí una carta de un paciente en Ibiza sobre la compra de pastillas de Cialis barato por teléfono. Él confiesa que no desea utilizar la web de datos personales, de modo que acaba de llamar al servicio al cliente y el trabajador le dio sus datos de facturación. Yo también creo que la compra de pastillas de Viagra por teléfono es una gran manera de mantener su privacidad.

Five Ways to Trash Old CFLs Not the Environment

Compact Florescent Lightbulbs are a slam-dunk when it comes to saving energy. Unfortunately, CFLs contain mercury. Here’s how to safely dispose of them.

By now, most true EcoTechies know that LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting is the future. Take, for example, the 100 watt incandescent light bulb. An equivalent LED bulb would only draw 10 watts and could easily last 60,000 hours. That’s an astonishing energy savings.

But lets face it: $25 light bulbs are still a hard sell, even if they’ll recoup many times their purchase price in the form of lower energy bills. That leaves the much cheaper CFL (Compact Florescent Lightbulb) as efficiency champ until consumers get over the sticker shock of LED bulbs.

CFLs are a good deal. Shoppers have gotten used to seeing their curly shape on store shelves, and adoption rates have really taken off. About 100 million were sold in the United States last year.

But there’s a catch: CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, which is toxic and tough to get out of the environment. CFL bulbs don’t belong in your regular trash when they finally burn out. So what to do with them?

We’ve rounded up five ways (plus a backup plan) to handle retired CFL bulbs without making a mess of the environment. Pick the one that’s easiest for you and feel good about saving on your power bill.

Your Local Garbage Service

Probably the best place to start is with whoever currently picks up your household trash or recyclables. If you pay for this service, you’ll almost certainly find a customer service number on your bill. Give them a call and ask if they offer CFL or mercury recycling. If not, politely suggest they do so. Here’s an opportunity to write a letter, attend a meeting, or take some other activist role in highlighting the importance of proper CFL disposal. The appropriate follow-up will depend on whether your trash service is privately or publicly held.

Municipal Government

Whether or not local trash service is provided by a private contractor, your local municipality (city, county, or parish) is ultimately responsible for waste disposal.

Most phone directories have a blue pages directory of local government agencies. Try the listing for sanitation services. While curbside recycling is by no means universal, your area may have designated drop-off locations or periodic CFL collections. Should your local agency not have any CFL-specific provisions, ask about safe disposal of mercury or fluorescent tubes.

Retailers

Unless you bought CFLs from Ikea, one of the first major vendors to offer a free take-back program, youre probably going to get some blank stares when you ask the manager of your local store about CFL recycling. Its worth the effort, though: retailers need to know their customers want safe disposal of the good they purchase. If you bought your CFLs from Wal-Mart, consider contacting their corporate headquarters and asking that they establish a company wide CFL return program.

Earth 911

Earth 911 is probably the United States and Canadas largest online clearinghouse of recycling information. Visit their site and enter CFL and your Zip code in the Find a Recycling Center field at the top of each page. Alternately, try mercury and fluorescent bulbs. If theres something in your region, it will almost certainly be listed. Earth 911 is currently attempting to expand its coverage to Europe, the first step toward an international registry of recycling options.

Commercial Services

There are a variety of for-profit companies which provide CFL and fluorescent bulb disposal by mail. Failing a local option, these firms represent a responsible and environmentally friendly channel for CFL recycling. Lightbulbrecycling, for instance, will send you a handy, postage-paid plastic pail which will accommodate about 30 CFLs more than most homes will use in many years. Just drop your spent CFLs in their well-engineered pail, and call FedEx for pick-up. The downside is that the service is quite expensive: about $120 per shipment. At today’s prices, this almost triples the unit price of your CFL. On the other hand, with the energy youll save with each bulb, you’re still ahead of the game. You’ll also know for sure that your CFLs are being recycled in a safe fashion.

And One More Thing

If none of these options are available to you, there’s a backup plan: storage.

As their name suggests, Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs don’t take up much room. Unless they’re broken or otherwise damaged, CFLs will hold their mercury indefinitely. Rather than disposing of them with household trash, simply store expended CFLs until easy recycling is available in your area. A five gallon PVC bucket with sealable top can be scrounged from most construction sites or purchased new for less than ten dollars. It should safely contain a couple dozen bulbs. A sturdy cardboard box lined with a heavy plastic garbage bag should also do the trick. Just place your CFL storage container out of harms way so it wont be dropped, crushed, or otherwise disturbed.

Update: Home Depot has become the largest U.S. retailer to launch a general CFL recycling program. Almost 2,000 Home Depot locations will now accept any type of CFL for recycling without charge to the consumer. Canada’s Home Depot stores began a CFL recycling program in November, 2007.