Why Aren’t People Willing To Recycle Their Cellphones for $$$?

Marty Cooper  Cellphone InventorSami Grover over at Treehugger.com posted an interesting article about an unsuccessful cellphone recycling program in the UK started by O2, a cellphone network provider. “Brits Get Good Money For Recycling Phones. Many Don’t Bother.” details how earning up to $140 isn’t enough to motivate people to recycle their no-longer used cellphones. Here’s some data on the UK provided by O2:

    • 17.5 million of these gadgets are thrown out each year
    • One on six (16%) who think that recycling is not worth it (same as the percentage that did recycle)
    • Almost a third (31%) who are not aware that the services exist
    • Almost one in ten (9%) can’t be bothered

And the numbers are worse in the US where 141 million mobile devices were sold in 2009 and the recycling rate was only 8%. The unused majority will end up in a drawer and gather dust which makes me wonder – why do we need to recycle our old cellphones? Yes, cellphones are loaded with toxic chemicals like lead, mercury, beryllium, arsenic, and cadmium – but the phones are just sitting in a box or drawer and not finding the trash. Probably the best answer is that our old cellphones have parts that can be reused cutting down the need for new raw materials and their toxic chemicals can be safely extracted during the recycling process.

“Jubbling as I say and not as I do Jubbling”?
I’m as guilty if not more than anyone out there. My stash of six previously-loved cellphones occupy a tiny space in a drawer so I have no incentive to recycle them. They’re worthless to cellphone recyclers like Nextworth but to me, they still hold value in the electronic hoarding sense because I spent anywhere from $200 to $500 on each of these buggers. I won’t put them in the trash but I’m not giving my never gonna use again cellphones up easily.

That’s why I think the success of any cellphone recycling program should not be based on the highest return you might receive for your old phone but the lowest that you are guaranteed. Kind of a like a cash for clunkers thing through cellphone service providers where any recycled phone will get you a flat credit toward your bill. The incentive goes both ways here – service provider receives (or keeps) a customer and you get a guaranteed value for cellphones you don’t use.


Flashmob Video – Picking Up Plastic Bottle Brings Applause

After watching this video, I’m not sure if I’m going to be picking up plastic bottles and putting them in the recycle bin anymore. This is kind of scary.

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Originally posted on Break.com


TOMS Shoes – There is a Jubbling Gosh!

So many copy and so few truly innovate. Blake Mycoskie is a true Jubbling pioneer and came up with the idea of TOMS Shoes while traveling in Argentina in 2006 and noticing how many kids ran around barefoot. The dilemma was that in rural parts of Argentina, you had to wear shoes to attend school so some kids were not only barefoot but they were uneducated too. Blake returned to the US, sold his business and started TOMS Shoes with the idea that if you buy one pair of TOMS Shoes, they’ll donate another pair to a kid in a developing country. The shoes have either rubber or rope soles and are modeled after the Alpargata shoes worn by Argentine farmers. In addition to rope soles, TOMS Shoes are also made from renewable materials including canvas and cotton.

The best way to order TOMS shoes is online through TOMSShoes.com.  TOMS Shoes are in the $50 range and at this point with Jubbling, I’m not sure if we’re going to buy first or receive. I see my kids running around barefoot and I’m afraid Blake Mycoskie and his crew might show up at my house with shoes for my kids before I can become a customer. I hope they don’t put the video on their website.



Consumer Electronics Adoptions Service through NextWorth

nextworthlogoI hate to admit it but for years, old cell phones in our house wound up in the kids toy box. What a treat while it lasted – my kids fake texting each other, pressing the speaker button and yelling at the phone – those were good times but those days are over and for that we have NextWorth to thank.  NextWorth will pay the postage on any cell phone you want to recycle and for models like the iPhone or Blackberry, they’ll determine it’s value and send you a check.  Ultimately, NextWorth will find a new home for your cell phone through sales on Ebay as refurbished products.

My Current Cell Phone

Recycle Me!

Use their website to establish how much your cell phone or personal electronics are worth beforehand and then ship them to NextWorth using the pre-paid postage label they’ll create for you.  It’s all done through a reverse shopping cart and if your cellphone is like my mine, NextWorth will still take it back and Jubblingly dispose of it.

NextWorth will also give you cash for or recycle digital cameras, GPS’s (Garmin), video game consoles (Sony Playstation, Xbox etc.), laptops (Apple iBook etc.), iPod’s (Nano, Shuffle, iPod Touch) and video games (Mario Cart etc.).  The Jubbling is obvious but what makes this smart is that NextWorth has partnered with Target, Amazon and others giving you the option of getting your payment in gift cards… to buy more electronics.  We haven’t seen the same ROI with our partner, Vern Fonk Insurance but we’re still hopeful.


Coca-Cola partners with Clemson to step up game-day recycling

From the Clemson University Newsroom.

CLEMSON – Coca-Cola is partnering with Clemson University’s athletic department and the Solid Green campaign to increase recycling on home football game days.

Fans attending the games will notice new recycling bins, provided by Coca-Cola, in each parking lot. Coca-Cola has donated 100 of the bins to the athletic department to be placed in parking lots around campus. The bins themselves are also recycled: each bin is a used syrup container, refurbished by Coca-Cola and converted into a recycling bin.

Some lucky fans may be “caught green-handed” using the bins. Before each game, a camera crew will roam parking lots looking for fans putting cans or bottles in the recycling bins. One fan will be selected to appear on the video screen during the game and will receive a $100 gift card from Coca-Cola.

“Coca-Cola is thrilled to work with Solid Green and Clemson athletics to create a fun recycling campaign for fans. It is our goal to recycle or reuse 100 percent of the bottles and cans used for beverages in the U.S. We hope Tiger fans remember that when they’re done, that bottle is not. It can be recycled,” said Heather Hucks, Coca-Cola senior sponsorship manager for colleges and universities.

Clemson students also will be doing their part to help with the effort. Student organizations will collect cans and bottles from the bins each game day and transport them to the university’s recycling center.

“It is great to see this kind of collaboration happening at Clemson to help enhance our recycling efforts. We appreciate the support of Coca-Cola and the athletic department to make Clemson a greener campus,” said Solid Green chairwoman Rose Ellen Davis-Gross.

Jubbling take: Jubbling: 100%. The chance that one “lucky” underage fan might get flashed on the screen dropping a can in the recycle bin: 95.2%. Chance that it’s a Coke or soda can: 0%


You should get a stroke for using Dixon Golf balls.

Dixon Golf BallsAre your balls in the rough? Are you not Jubbling when you swing your stick? It is easy to notice that the game of golf is not exactly earth friendly, why with all those gas-powered golf carts and showering sprinkler heads. Well, let’s clarify a bit, shall we?

One company, Dixon Golf, has now made losing golf balls in the rough, or even finding the lost balls of others to be. Dixon Golf offers the Earth Ball, a moderately priced ball that can be recycled after use. Heck, they’ll even give you a $1 towards new Dixon balls when you recycle their own and $.50 when you recycle another brand. That’s Jubbling folks! Here’s what they offer (directly from their website):

  • High-performance
  • Made from renewable materials
  • 100% recyclable with a recycling program to back it up
  • Does not contain heavy metal pollutants like cobalt, tungsten, or lead
  • 100% recycled packaging

Read their reviews. Many said the Dixon Earth Ball is a better play than more expensive brands. That’s important if you’re going to lay down cash for a Jubbling product versus a tried and true performer but it’s exactly the kind of thinking that will change the game.

Dixon also touts themselves as responsible corporate neighbors. They report that communications are mostly emailed instead of paper mailings and that 25 percent of their employees use carpooling or public transportation in order to lessen overall emissions.  And check this out – 10% of all their profits are used for philanthropic advances. Think of that as multi-level Jubbling!

Of course, some things will never change: I’ll continue to shank more balls than I hit for par but at least now, when I lose a ball, I can smile with pride at my Jubbling.

Dixon Golf – Toll free 866-468-2259 http://www.dixongolf.com