Research shows a whopping 68 million unused mobile phones in the UK

Gerald Lynch Energy & Efficiency, Gadgets, Mobile phones, Tech Digest news Leave a Comment

New research from has revealed that Britain is sitting on a mountain of as many as 68 million unused or unwanted mobile phones. A sample study of 1,332 past and present mobile owners showed that two thirds (65%) of…

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Bomb-proof info-bins to hit London

Duncan Geere Weirdness Leave a Comment


Since the IRA’s bomb attacks in the 80s, there have been remarkably few bins around railway and tube stations in the UK – the fear being that terrorists might stick a bomb in one. Well, now bins are back. A company called Media Metrica has designed BIN 2.0. It’s bombproof, has recycling sections, and feature screens with news, travel, and weather info on them.

It’s been tested in the New Mexico desert over the past five years, and costs £15,000 to produce and £3,000 to install. It’s hoped that costs will be recouped by local businesses sponsoring a bin. In the event of an attack, the bins can be changed to display emergency information, directing people away from danger areas.

(via The Inquirer)

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Nokia: just three percent of people recycle their old mobile phone

Andy Merrett Mobile phones 6 Comments


Despite the fact that nearly three-quarters of people said that recycling makes a positive difference to the environment, almost the same number don’t think about recycling their old mobile phones, with just three percent doing so.

Mobile phone junk is an increasing problem as many people strive for the latest handsets, and as phone companies encourage their users to upgrade handset every year. Nokia’s global study of 6,500 people in 13 countries (Finland, Germany, Italy, Russia, Sweden, UK, United Arab Emirates, USA, Nigeria, India, China, Indonesia and Brazil) found that nearly half didn’t know it was possible to recycle their old mobile phone…

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Nobody bothers recycling broken MP3 players

Gary Cutlack Uncategorized 1 Comment

gadgets-noy-recycled.jpgThis is news that isn’t really news, as anyone with two broken phones and two broken MP3 players in a drawer, plus a carrier bag full of abandoned chargers under the stairs will know only too well.

According to an EU report put together by the United Nations University, only a quarter of “medium sized” appliances are recycled…

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Dell's goal: to become the greenest technology company on the planet

Andy Merrett Computers Leave a Comment

dell-logo.gifDell has today launched a long-term, global effort to become the greenest technology company on Earth. It has set an ambitious Zero Carbon Initiative whereby it aims to maximise the energy efficiency of Dell products, and over time offset their carbon impact.

The company has also committed to reduce the carbon intensity of its global operations by 15% by 2012, as well as extending its “Plant a Tree for Me” programme into Europe. For £1 per notebook or £3 per desktop PC, customers can offset the emissions associated with the electricity their computer uses.

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Londoners: Donate your old IT equipment to help others and stay green

Andy Merrett Cameras, Computers, Mobile phones Leave a Comment

Next weekend, 21-22 April, is encouraging London residents to donate their unwanted computer equipment and other technology, helping children, cash-strapped organisations, and being green – all at once. In recognition of this year's International Earth Day, Londoners can drop…

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