Did you know that there’s a world championship for Mobile Phone Throwing? It’s held every year in Finland and this year, teenager Ere Karjalainen won by throwing a phone 101.46 meters (about 333 feet). That extreme distance won Ere the Mobile Phone Throwing World Championship and puts him in contention for the world’s longest mobile phone throw for distance ñ the current record is officially 95 meters, but another thrower in Belgium who threw his phone to 102.68 meters.

Think this is odd? The Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships are part of an annual electronics recycling event in Finland. The phones used are reclaimed dead phones that are recycled after the event and thousands upon thousands of people who participate in the competition (as spectators, throwers, workers, judges, etc) recycle their old electronics during the festivities. The Finnish know how to make recycling fun.

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Most people are now aware that electronic waste (e-waste) is a growing problem around the globe. Every day, thousands of tons of electronics are dumped into landfills and garbage heaps where they can potentially leak hazardous and toxic materials into groundwater. The pollution alone is a concern, but there are other things at stake as well.

Electronics use a lot of precious materials that are often in short supply and that require invasive, polluting and environment-destroying mining and extraction to retrieve. Many of these materials are used in multiple industrial and medical processes that have to compete with electronics manufacturing for them, raising the price of all of these resources.

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Digital River, a global cloud commerce firm, has released a complimentary white paper titled “Regulatory Fee Management: Navigating the Complex World of Global Compliance” which addresses the complex global recycling and copyright regulatory environment for today’s business. It provides some very good insights into compliance challenges and some of the solutions available for them.

The white paper offers consumer electronics (CE) manufacturers insights into the complicated recycling and copyright regulations that govern the manufacture, use and end-of-life handling of electronics and electric devices. The paper also helps manufacturers weigh some of the important considerations that go into building and maintaining a successful compliance management solution.

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When we buy something new, there’s often a problem: whatever it’s replacing has to be discarded. A decade or so ago, we didn’t know any better and would just throw our electronics into the bin with the rest of the trash and let it go on its way to the landfill. Now, a little wiser, we try to reuse and recycle. This creates some frustration, however, since there isn’t always an easy way to do so.

Now the Salvation Army is doing their part to make it a little easier. As one of the nation’s oldest charities, the Salvation Army does a lot to help everyday people in the United States and around the world in times of need. Seeing a need to help people recycle electronics, they’ve once again stepped up to help.

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