An interesting article in Nature says that we’re running out of phosphate across the world. Phosphate is a very critical nutrient that’s required for plant growth and is usually mined in some parts of the world. Apparently, there’s less than 50 years worth of high quality phosphate available that could be mined. Running out could lead to a massive disaster as food production would have to increase with the increasing population. Some are considering recovering phosphates from animal waste – but that’s still a long a way to go.Filed under agriculture, chemicals, crops, environment, geology, sustainability | Tags: environment, environmental management, geology, phosphate, recycling, resources, sustainability, waste | Comment (0)
Here’s a follow-up on what to do with your old cell phones:
Subject: INFO: Wipe out Wireless Waste
Keep Charleston Beautiful’s first annual Cell Phone Recycling drive, Wipe Out Wireless Waste:
Each year, Americans retire an estimated 130 million cell phones, of which only 10% are recycled or reused. These small electronic devices are extremely harmful to the environment because they contain lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic. When not properly disposed of, these chemicals are absorbed by the soil and are washed into the ground water.
In order to reduce the amount of toxins entering our environment, Keep Charleston Beautiful (KCB) will be sponsoring a cell-phone recycling campaign during the month of January.
Bins are located at the following locations:
- Bank of America locations (all over Charleston)
- Earth Fare (Folly Rd)
- Benn and Jerry’s (Market)
- Rising High (E. Bay)
- Park Services (823 meeting St)
You can drop off:
- Cell Phones
- Phone accessories
- Remove your SIM card
- Clean phone memory
If you have any questions call Jenn Scales at 965-4082
Coordinator, Clean City Clara Program
823 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC 29403
Some of us crave the latest/greatest cellphone that catches our eye. And when we do buy the new phone, often we throw the old phone away. Do you ever wonder what happens to your old cellphone that’s been thrown away? Now re-imagine this case with your old computer or your old MP3 player or another of your old electronic gadget that you replaced recently.
A lot of this “E-waste” is being shipped abroad, because we don’t have the space to keep it here! Read the following interesting articles and let us know what you think.Uncategorized | Tags: cellphones, e-waste, health, landfills, pollution, recycling | Comments (18)