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ATM for Recycling Consumer Electronics

Look around, I'm sure there are some tech gadget collecting dust on a shelf near you. Perhaps an old cell phone or iPod? According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, there were over 140 million cell phones sold in the U.S. in 2007, while only 10 percent of cell phones got recycled. Well, now there's an easy solution, the EcoATM. So how does it work? A customer feeds the machine an electronic device or handset, the machine analyses the device and assigns it a value. If the phone has a resale value, the customer receives store credit or can donate the amount to charity. If there's no resale value, customers can choose to have the handset recycled. The devices it can take include: mobile phones, Mp3 players, game systems, video games, notebook and desktop PCs, printers, digital cameras, flat panel displays, storage devices, GPS and more. The first EcoATM was installed in Omaha, Nebraska and was an instant success, gobbling up 23 cell phones in its first day. Being green has never been so easy. Click here for more details.

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