EA cracks down on illegal e-waste exportation

The Environment Agency (EA) is cracking down on illegal electronic waste exportation, with the national environmental crime team manager confirming such incidents undermine legitimate recycling companies in the UK.Andy Higham made this observation after 11 people were committed to stand trial in Basildon Crown Court later this year as part of the EA's biggest-ever investigation into illegal transportation of e-waste, which could include old mobile…

Trade in mobiles to play Angry Birds

Gamers who enjoy playing Angry Birds on their handsets may be tempted to trade in mobiles for cash so they can invest in consoles like the Wii and the 3DS, as the game will soon be available on these machines.Rovio Mobile - which developed the successful series - announced via Twitter on Saturday (February 5th) that versions for the Nintendo platforms would be launched later…

Built-in Wi-Fi could drive mobile phone recycling

The allure of free calls using VoIP technology could drive interest in mobile phone recycling.According to communications provider Vopium, calls made using either the 3G network or Wi-Fi have climbed to more than 35 per cent from 19 per cent in the last 12 months.Telecoms analyst Torben Rune of Netplan predicted that this will continue its dramatic rise as the smartphone market grows, saying: "We…

Mobile recycling could see people enjoy Facebook discounts

Consumers in five European countries and Canada could be inspired to recycle their old mobile phones and invest in a smartphone so as to take advantage of Facebook's shopping discount service.Facebook Deals - which offers users money off in retail outlets - is being rolled out in Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Canada, although the programme will be available everywhere eventually.Starbucks is one of…

Nokia’s production of mobile phones ‘scores highly on sustainability’

Nokia – one of the world's leading producers of mobile phones and other communications equipment – has been recognised for its green credentials.Ian, writing the latest Nokia Conversations blog, explains the Consumer Electronics Association in the US has recently released a report into the sustainability of the actions of some of the planet's largest firms.A number of factors are considered in the study, including recycling,…

Consumers ‘will be able to trade-in mobile for oxygen-powered phone’

At some point in the future, British consumers will be able to trade-in their mobile phone and switch to a model that is powered by oxygen, in the view of one expert.Ludwig Makhyan, founder of ConceptMobiles.com, believes batteries that are recharged by the element are almost certain to hit the market.Although he warns it is unlikely to be within the next five years, the possibility…

Nokia mobile phone users to enjoy enhanced Symbian service

Nokia has confirmed measures will be taken to simplify its development process, allowing mobile phone users to enjoy more advanced apps on the Symbian platform.The Finnish brand will remove obstacles and clarify rules for those who are responsible for producing apps and other functions that end up as part of its handsets.It has also suggested it will support the HTML5 technology so that it is…

Mobile recycling is only first step for green phone users

Recycling a mobile phone is one of the more obvious ways to adhere to green policies when it comes to technology.And now another may have emerged - replacing a reused handset with one from Nokia's extensive range.Such a possibility is the result of the Finnish brand securing the title of world's most sustainable technology company for the second successive year.Named as the winner in the…