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California begins nation’s first state wide mandatory cell phone recycling program

A new law in California that takes effect July 1st will require cell phone retailers in California will be required to establish a collection and recycling program for mobile phones. It also restricts California residents from simply throwing old cell phones in the trash. The new law AB2901 was established to help cut down on the hazardous waste contained in cell phones from entering Californian landfills.

Currently cell phones contain some amounts of hazardous materials and heavy metals that when released negatively impact the environment. While one or two phones aren’t likely to make a difference the sheer number of phones currently sitting idle in America that are waiting to or already have been disposed of poses a large problem for waste managers.

According to statistics quoted in the press release over 500 million used cell phones have currently or are waiting to be disposed of while another 130 million are estimated to be thrown away in 2006. When these phones components are disposed of over time they begin to leech in to surrounding soil and groundwater creating mass plumes of pollution that migrate towards populated areas potentially affecting the health of those citizens.

Earlier today, Dell announced that the company would institute a global policy to offer free recycling of any Dell-brand PC, or any PC that would be upgraded to a Dell. The European Union also recently mandated cell phone battery recycling, initiated in the same spirit as the California bill for cell phones.

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By PrinceGaz on 6/29/2006 8:51:04 AM , Rating: 3
or any PC that would be upgraded to a Dell

Well that rules mine out then. I could replace it with a Dell, but it would certainly not be an upgrade.

RE: Upgraded?
By josmala on 6/29/2006 10:20:20 AM , Rating: 2
I think you *COULD* upgrade to a dell system, but it would costs "little more" than you probably would want to put in it.

There is SLI for 7950 in DELL X700. So there is quad GPU:s there. Unfortunately the fastest CPU they offer for is only P4 965 EE.
Another option is to go for DELL Precision 690, and put it with quad core NGMA @ 3Ghz. [2X [dualcore 3Ghz XEON [woodcrest~conroe but faster]]
Unfortunately they only offer it with quadro SLI configuration so its not as fast as the X700 for gaming, but should be faster than any single graphic card.

Oh. These should be an a upgrade for most systems. The later should beat nearly everything except in graphics, which makes me wonder if the best dell people could get would be DELL precision 690 and then upgrade THAT with pair of 7900.
That would be an upgrade for anyone.

RE: Upgraded?
By ElJefe69 on 6/30/2006 12:47:06 AM , Rating: 1
Supposedly, companies like Asrock are 100% environmental friendly when disposed of in landfills.


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