Mobile phone recycling services are ubiquitous today, but this is the first time I've seen the process automated and presented in a convenient ATM-like package.
Supposedly, the ecoATM went live in the US on Friday, in an Omaha furniture store, of all places.
The process is pretty simple. The mobile phone is placed in the ecoATM, scanners judge how terrible you were to your phone over the years, and then you are presented with a quote that can be used as store credit or cash. Mobile phone beat up beyond repair? That's OK too: ecoATM cheerfully informs you that the phone will be recycled and that a tree will be planted in your name.
More ecoATMs are slated to appear in other stores over the next few months. Might we suggest a store that happens to specialise in electronics? [CrunchGear]