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Sony helps rid world of Sony products

Sony helps rid world of Sony products

Instead of throwing your broken PS2s away, try taking them over to one of Sony's eCycling centres instead.

Starting on September 15, the Sony "Take Back Recycling" Program will officially begin, and you'll be able to recycle any Sony product in the USA for free.

That is, of course, if you live near one of the 75 Waste Management (WM) Recycle America eCycling centres that are spread out across the US.

If any of you have ever recycled any of your old electronics in the States, then you know that you normally get charged for recycling them. This rather bizarre practice often discourages many gamers from doing so. However, free recycling for Sony products could help bring electronics recycling to more people - after all, Sony is one of the largest electronics brands in the world.

If you'd like to drop some of your old PlayStations or Walkmans off, you can find the closest centre by calling 1-877-439-2795. If there's not one near you currently, there might be by next year since Sony has another 75 centers planned, with at least one located in every state. You can always mail your old electronics in if there's not one close enough to you, but expect to pay a nice shipping fee.

Hopefully we'll see a global campaign on the issue from Sony sometime in the future, as electronic recycling is an issue that isn't addressed enough. However, it's probably best that the company is starting in the US, where rather backward policies make it better for everyone to screw the environment.

How many of you recycle your old electronics? Maybe you reuse or refurbish them instead? Or perhaps you recreate scenes from [i]Office Space[/i}? Whatever your choice, tell us your thoughts on recycling over in the forums or in the comments section below.

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Hugo.B 20th August 2007, 14:50 Quote
The only Sony item I own is my headset, which I'm very unlikely to replace soon.
quack 20th August 2007, 14:57 Quote
http://img167.imageshack.us/img167/1395/officespacest7.jpg

I like to take old electronics apart and smash them to bits. Mwhahahahaha.
topher 20th August 2007, 15:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by quack
http://img167.imageshack.us/img167/1395/officespacest7.jpg

I like to take old electronics apart and smash them to bits. Mwhahahahaha.


LOL lmao go on my son lol AVE it
capnPedro 20th August 2007, 15:55 Quote
"Damn it feels good to be a gangsta"


I recycle my electronics myself. Kinda. I'm not going to pay to recycle my stuff, and I'm not going to give away those usable components for free. I can repair most broken items (one TV and one graphics card repaired last week alone :)) but if I can't, I'll desolder most components and either keep them for my own stash (to repair more things usually) or sell them on eBay. You can make some nice money selling grab bags of junk, transformers, chokes, large caps etc, but the big money comes from stuff like valves and ICs.

So I'm kinda doing the environment a favor. But it's usually my wallet that I'm looking out for.
Ramble 20th August 2007, 16:00 Quote
Such a great film.

Maybe if Sony would help the world get rid of their awful awful SonicStage software then wars would stop.
Bluephoenix 20th August 2007, 16:12 Quote
I could probably open a museum with the stuff in my basement at home, the best part is all of it still works.

when something is really broken, I do as above and part it out. my little workshop there could probably pass as an electronics chop-shop ;)
wafflesomd 20th August 2007, 17:48 Quote
The only good sony product ever would be the CD900ST.
DXR_13KE 20th August 2007, 18:03 Quote
i usually recycle or repair my stuff..... or use parts of broken stuff to make cool things :D
mikeuk2004 20th August 2007, 18:56 Quote
Pc components usually get handed down to my family and then I have no idea what happens. The Items I dont hand down get sold on ebay. anything left which has no value gets scrapped. Im about to scap a 19" monitor because I cant even give it away.

But where is the insentive to recycle if you have to pay to discard your crap. People will just scrap than be out of pocket.
completemadness 20th August 2007, 20:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by mikeuk2004
But where is the insentive to recycle if you have to pay to discard your crap. People will just scrap than be out of pocket.
here here, it does seem rather crazy tbh

Personally i just usually throw it in the bin (if i can)
devdevil85 20th August 2007, 23:18 Quote
Loved the misleading/biased headline.....that wasn't you who created it, was it Joe?
whisperwolf 20th August 2007, 23:40 Quote
sensationalising headline maybe, but misleading? an article about Sony setting up centers for recycling Sony products for free, has a headline "Sony helps rid world of Sony products" seems pretty accurate to me.
devdevil85 21st August 2007, 00:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by whisperwolf
sensationalising headline maybe, but misleading? an article about Sony setting up centers for recycling Sony products for free, has a headline "Sony helps rid world of Sony products" seems pretty accurate to me.
Oh I know, I'm just kidding; basically just messing with Joe. But I must admit the headline was little .... ahem.... biased.... but honestly who cares, the article didn't portray it so who cares....
bloodcar 21st August 2007, 01:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by devdevil85
Loved the misleading/biased headline.....that wasn't you who created it, was it Joe?

Nope, it was me. I just thought I'd add some humour to it. :D
Fozzy 21st August 2007, 17:35 Quote
"However, it's probably best that the company is starting in the US, where rather backward policies make it better for everyone to screw the environment. "

Is there any proof to this statement? Can you please back it up with some evidence? I'd like to know why you think that the US is so "backwards" Is it the fact that to build a highway in mexico it costs 1/100th of the price because they don't have to spend 4 times as much time protecting the enviornment as they do so? Did you make this statement because in America you get fined $500 for throwing a ciggarette out of the window or $250-5000 for trash? Or maybe it's all of the building codes one has to go through to build even a house. Or maybe the fact that our government can decide that a piece of land owned by yourself may be unbuildable because it sits on a wetland.....OR MAYBE you are just another worthless ***** with a pen who "reports" news inaccurately with hints of hatred for the country USA. Or maybe I'm just taking offense because you guys add in crap like this to every article you release.
quack 21st August 2007, 18:08 Quote
Which country do you think the article's author is from?
Smilodon 21st August 2007, 20:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Fozzy
<angry words!>

Just one word: wow!

It's not strange that there is wars raging all over the globe.

BOT: In Norway we pay a "environmental fee" for some electronic stuff, so it's free to deliver back it at the store where you bought it. (and probably at waste dumps as well)
The_Beast 21st August 2007, 22:13 Quote
we usually give away our useable computer to family members who want it, after a good format
Fozzy 22nd August 2007, 05:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by quack
Which country do you think the article's author is from?

He's from the USA you'll notice I never said where he was from. He should just have facts to back up stupidly bold statements like that.
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