Water Recycling shower wins $684,000 in the Green Challenge

“The average teenage girl (according to a UK-based survey) spends 16 minutes in the shower. 16  percent of them spend more than 30 minutes.” says Nick Christy. Christy’s company Water Recycling Shower just won the Dutch Postcode Lottery Green Challenge and can potentially save cash-strapped parents, and the rest of us, 70 percent on the cost of heating their shower. The prize of $684,000 will be used to refine the product and get it to market more quickly.

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Waste management goes Steampunk with Envac

Tired of overflowing bins and roads blocked by waste vans? Quebec’s new Cité Verte (green city) eco urban development will use a vacuum-powered (pneumatic) underground waste system from Swedish company Envac.

DEMO: EcoATM makes recycling cell phones for cash easy and instant

EcoATM is one of 53 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2011 event taking place this week in Palm Desert, Calif. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.

EcoATM nabs $14.4M to build electronics-recycling kiosks

In the future EcoATM is envisioning, you’ll be able to recycle your old cell phone for cash — or donate it to charity — via a kiosk by your grocery store or gas station. The San Diego startup said today it has raised $14.4 million in a first round of funding.

ZenRobotics robot recyclers go for green in the CleanTech Open

For such an essential part of the green economy, recycling remains a dirty, messy business. Enter ZenRobotics, which adds artificial intelligence to industrial robots to enable them to recycle construction waste. The company recently won Finland’s CleanTech Open competition and will represent the country at this week’s Cleantech Open Global Ideas Final.

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.