Recycling Cell Phones

Written by Sharon Housley

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Recycle Wireless Phones - - Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA*) and its member companies are committed torepparttar goal of sustainable development andrepparttar 110109 environmentally sound management of their wireless products at end-of-life. Through its Wireless . . . The New Recyclable program, CTIA is educatingrepparttar 110110 public onrepparttar 110111 options available for properly recycling used wireless devices. The program seeks to promoterepparttar 110112 collection of used wireless devices and ensure that collected wireless products will be managed properly. The site provides a directory of collection options.

AT&T Wireless - - Throughrepparttar 110113 AT&T Wireless Reuse & Recycle program, consumers are invited to bring unwanted wireless phones, accessories and batteries (regardless ofrepparttar 110114 manufacturer or carrier) to an AT&T Wireless retail store for recycling. AT&T Wireless isrepparttar 110115 first wireless carrier to partner with Keep America Beautiful, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that focuses on waste impact minimization, litter prevention, beautification, community improvement and improvement of public places. Proceeds fromrepparttar 110116 recycling of wireless phones, batteries and accessories are donated to Keep America Beautiful.

Call2Recycle - - RBRC’s Call2Recycle™ program collects used cellular phones to benefitrepparttar 110117 environment and charitable organizations. Withrepparttar 110118 help of consumers and 30,000 participating retail locations, RBRC's do their part in helping to keep cell phones out ofrepparttar 110119 landfills.

HopeLine - - The HopeLine phone recycling program is an exclusive program that uses wireless services and equipment to assist victims in emergency domestic violence situations. HopeLine collects wireless phones that are no longer being used. The used phones are either refurbished and recycled or sold. Withrepparttar 110120 funds raised fromrepparttar 110121 sale ofrepparttar 110122 refurbished phones, Verizon Wireless purchases wireless phones and donates airtime to victims of domestic violence through human services and law enforcement agencies.

About the Author: Sharon Housley manages marketing for NotePage, Inc. a company specializing in alphanumeric paging, SMS and wireless messaging software solutions. Other sites by Sharon can be found at , and

Avoiding Allergies by Use of the Right Native Plants in the Landscape

Written by Tom Ogren

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Natives and Urban Landscapes There are many native trees and shrubs used in our landscapes. Maples, oaks, locust, poplars, willows, catalpa, birch, junipers, and many more native species are extensively used. Unfortunatelyrepparttar plant breeders and propagators discovered how to “sex-out”repparttar 110108 trees and shrubs. They learned to use only male plants, ironically, as “mother plants,” asrepparttar 110109 source for their scion wood for asexual propagation. First they just used male plants fromrepparttar 110110 dioecious (separate-sexed) species, but later they learned how to produce all-male clones from species that in Nature were never unisexual (the monoecious species). For example, Honey Locust trees, (Gleditsia triacanthos) are native to our Southeastern US. Look at these trees inrepparttar 110111 wild and you will see that all of them are almost always covered with long seedpods. But go to a nursery now and look atrepparttar 110112 Honey Locust trees for sale. The ones on sale now are called “seedless” and they are in effect, all-male clones. What exactly isrepparttar 110113 effect of using all male cloned trees and shrubs in our landscapes? Very simply, this translates to an excess of allergenic pollen. Only male flowers produce this airborne pollen. Unisexual female flowers produce no pollen.

Whyrepparttar 110114 Emphasis on Male Plants? Horticulturists knew that female plants produced seeds, seedpods, and fruit. This “litter” fell onrepparttar 110115 sidewalks and created a “mess.” By using only asexually (no sex involved) propagated cultivars (cultivated varieties), they were able to create “litter-free” landscapes. These required less maintenance and were (and still are) very popular with city arborists andrepparttar 110116 public. Inrepparttar 110117 US today, four of five ofrepparttar 110118 top-selling street tree cultivars are male clones. Female flowers (pistillate) on female trees or shrubs produce an electrical (-) current. Their stigmas are broad and sticky. Airborne pollen from male plants has a negative electrical impulse before release and a positive charge after release, and this pollen is light and dry. Because ofrepparttar 110119 + and – electrical chargesrepparttar 110120 pollen andrepparttar 110121 stigmas are drawn to each other. They are mutually attractive. Mother Nature saw to it that pollen would land, and stick, exactly where it was needed. Female plants are nature’s pollen traps, our natural air-cleaners. Today though, most ofrepparttar 110122 female plants are long gone from our landscapes. The pollen fromrepparttar 110123 males floats about, seeking a moist, sticky, positive-charged target. We humans emit a positive electrical charge, and our mucus membranes, our eyes, skin and especiallyrepparttar 110124 linings of our nose and throat, now trap this wayward pollen. We have becomerepparttar 110125 targets Allergy develops from repeated over-exposure torepparttar 110126 same allergens. If your own yard is full of pollen-pumping trees and shrubs, you and your family arerepparttar 110127 ones who will be exposedrepparttar 110128 most.

Thomas Ogren is the author of Allergy-Free Gardening, Ten Speed Press. Tom does consulting work on for the USDA, county asthma coalitions, and the American Lung Associations. He has appeared on CBS, HGTV and The Discovery Channel. His book, Safe Sex in the Garden, was published 2003. In 2004 Time Warner Books published his latest: What the Experts May NOT Tell You About: Growing the Perfect Lawn. His website:

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