Recycling Cell Phones

Written by Sharon Housley

Recycle Cell Phones Technological advancements providing users with improved reception through integrated antenna systems, reduced size and weight of cell phones, along with numerous feature sets, and storage improvements have causedrepparttar bulk of cellular phone users and enthusiasts to upgrade to new and improved handsets. The low cost of cell phones andrepparttar 110109 added technological improvements mean thatrepparttar 110110 majority of cellular phone users are on their 2nd or 3rd generation hand set.

Environmental Concerns What many don't realize is that in many cases,repparttar 110111 materials used to construct cell phones are toxic. Toxic elements found in many of today's cell phones can include arsenic, in semi-conductors and lead inrepparttar 110112 solder material. Whilerepparttar 110113 materials in a single phone are minimal considerrepparttar 110114 number of discarded cell phones inrepparttar 110115 relatively short timerepparttar 110116 technology has been available. The placement of these devices in landfills will cause long lasting damage and harm torepparttar 110117 environment.

Recycling aged wireless equipment is a sensible alternative. Valuable materials can be recovered from used wireless devices in a number of different ways. In some cases, certain components may be separated by manual or simple mechanical means. The components can often be reused or melted down for alternative uses.

Cell Phone Disposal - What Options Exist? Cell Phone Disposal - What Options Exist? The cell phone industry, understanding concerns related torepparttar 110118 disposal of cell phones and PDAs have created alternatives to both refurbish and recyclerepparttar 110119 materials in older style cellular phones.

Wireless Recycling - - ReCellular Inc. isrepparttar 110120 largest recycler and reseller of used wireless phones and accessories inrepparttar 110121 wireless industry. A pioneer in charitable recycling arrangements, ReCellular has well-established partnerships with Easter Seals,repparttar 110122 March of Dimes, and National Organization on Disability, Goodwill Industries, and The Body Shop. In addition, over 2,000 grassroots organizations from Boy Scout troops to religious organizations aroundrepparttar 110123 country work to collect wireless phones to support their philanthropic efforts. Charities can raise funds by increasing community awareness and acting as a wireless collection center.

Wireless Foundation - - Wireless Foundation refurbishes and provides cell phones to victims of domestic violence so that they can be used inrepparttar 110124 event of an emergency. The Call To Protect campaign also collects wireless phones to benefit victims of domestic violence. Proceeds fromrepparttar 110125 sale of phones help fund agencies that fight domestic violence and are used to support educational efforts ofrepparttar 110126 Wireless Foundation. Other phones are refurbished and become lifelines for domestic violence victims when faced with an emergency situation.

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

Written by Tom Ogren

Avoiding Allergies by Use ofrepparttar Right Native Plants inrepparttar 110108 Landscape

Many of our most allergenic plants commonly used in landscaping inrepparttar 110109 United States and Canada are indeed natives. However, it isrepparttar 110110 manipulation of these plants by commercial horticulture that has, and is, causing most ofrepparttar 110111 huge increases we are now experiencing with allergy problems. Thirty years ago fewer than 10 percent of Americans had allergies. The official figure today is that a whopping 38 percent of us now suffer from allergies.(December 99, American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology) Not too many years ago death from asthma was fairly rare. Today it is all too common and is considered epidemic. Asthma has now becomerepparttar 110112 number one chronic childhood disease in America. Furthermore, there is new data coming in recently that shows a strong connection between over-exposure to pollen and or mold spores and increases in other diseases such as heart disease, autism, pneumonia, and reflux disease.

American Elms The landscape tree in most of America for many years wasrepparttar 110113 tall, stately American Elm. The American Elm used to gracerepparttar 110114 streets of thousands of towns and cities and when DED, Dutch Elm Disease, started to spread and kill off these native elms,repparttar 110115 insect-pollinated, perfect-flowered elms were most often replaced with wind-pollinated, unisexual-flowered, street trees. Many things happened because ofrepparttar 110116 big switch fromrepparttar 110117 elms to these other tree species. First,repparttar 110118 elm flowers had a rich nectar source and since these trees bloomed very early inrepparttar 110119 season, at a time when insect food sources were severely limited urban honeybees and butterflies depended on this food source. Sincerepparttar 110120 majority ofrepparttar 110121 street trees used to replacerepparttar 110122 elms were wind-pollinated, they often lacked these nectaries and supplied no early-season food source. Soon we started to see a rapid decline inrepparttar 110123 total numbers of urban honeybees and butterflies. There were other factors as well behind this decline, pollution, insecticides, and disease, butrepparttar 110124 loss ofrepparttar 110125 crucial early-season food sources should not be underestimated. DED spread mostly from East to West acrossrepparttar 110126 US and so hasrepparttar 110127 rise in allergy rates. You can actually trackrepparttar 110128 spread of allergy fromrepparttar 110129 decline ofrepparttar 110130 elms. The American Elms, Ulmus americana, did cause a certain amount of low-level, early spring allergy, simply because they were so very common. The over-planting of elms resulted in a lack of biodiversity and setrepparttar 110131 stage forrepparttar 110132 massive kill fromrepparttar 110133 DED. We now know that it is always a mistake to use a monoculture, to plant too much of just one species. Diversity is always a good idea in horticulture.

Diversity Biodiversity isrepparttar 110134 way to go when we are creating landscapes that will limit allergenic exposure. Almost any species of plants can eventually cause allergies if it is over-planted enough. All to often in our urban landscapes of today we see that landscapers have usedrepparttar 110135 same old plants over and over again. This overly simplistic approach to landscaping results in landscapes that lack originality and produce a numbing “sameness” to far too much of our urbanscape. When residential houses are professionally landscaped withrepparttar 110136 exact same plant materials used to landscape banks, real estate offices, and dentist’s shops, we all lose. Allergy rates today are far worse in urban areas than they are out inrepparttar 110137 country. Pollen allergies are worse in cities than inrepparttar 110138 country, despiterepparttar 110139 fact that there is much more total green matter inrepparttar 110140 countryside than inrepparttar 110141 city. Plant selection has beenrepparttar 110142 main problem.

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