Coinstar backs EcoATM’s e-recycling kiosks

Coinstar is all about kiosks, and not only the ones that count your coins and give you cash. It also owns and operates the redbox DVD rental kiosks popping up in super markets. Now it’s extending its reach even further with an undisclosed investment in EcoATM, maker of kiosks that pays you for recycling your old electronics.

Microsoft joins with Dell to tackle e-waste on Earth Day

E-waste is becoming a mounting problem all over the world. Landfills are piling up with old computers, cell phones, and other electronics — many of which contain toxic materials that can contaminate groundwater, or never biodegrade. Now two of the most formidable producers of materials that eventually become e-waste — Dell and Microsoft — are banning together to stem the tide.