Electronic waste recycling via "ATM"

Got old cell phones or other electronic devices laying around because you plan to recycle them… one day? Yep, so do I… There are options out there for recycling electronics past their prime, but none of them are quite as convenient as curbside pick-up of other materials.

The ecoATM is one approach that’s attempting to close that convenience gap… and also to pay users for recycling their old electronics. If you’ve used a Coinstar or Redbox kiosk, you already understand the concept: one machine can not only accept those old cell phones, but also figure out their value, and pay the user with cash, a gift card, a trade-up certificate, or even a charitable donation. The video above demonstrates how the ecoATM works.

Apparently, other players in the self-service kiosk game think this concept has promise: GreenBiz reports that Coinstar (which also produces Redbox machines) is investing in the company. ecoATM has also received a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Think something like this might motivate you to dispose of those old phones responsibly? Plan to start discussing this with the manager at the grocery store? Let us know what you think…

via @CSRwire