Our Delicate Pale Blue Dot: Earth

Pale blue dot


The Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken in 1990 by the Voyager 1 spacecraft, which was about 6 billion kilometres (3.7 billion miles) from Earth. Voyager 1 had completed its primary mission and was leaving the Solar System. At the request of Carl Sagan, NASA turned its camera around and took a photograph of Earth, a tiny dot in the in the vastness of space 

Carl’s wonderfully eloquent description: “everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was has lived on this pale blue dot;  every saint and sinner in the history of our species has lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”

“Earth is the only world known so far to harbour life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.”

NASA also has a more recent picture from the Cassini probe

The full piece can be heard on this YouTube video

Voyager 1 is currently 21.7 billion Kilometres from earth. It’s travelling at about 16km per second!! and is 40,000 years from the next star!!
Voyager can be tracked on NASA.

WEEE (e-Scrap)  is one of the fastest growing and most toxic of the wastes we produce on our planet. It is also totally recyclable but needs special treatment. Consider our beautiful, irreplaceable “Pale Blue Dot” the next time you need to dispose of your no longer useful electronic devices.

Give Electronic Recycling a call, we can help 


What have the Brussels Peeing Boy and Disposal of WEEE in Common?

Peeing boy of brussels

Anyone who has visited Brussels will have heard of and probably seen the Manneken Pis, the little peeing boy. The peeing boy is a tiny bronze fountain statue.

There are many myths about the origin of Manneken Pis. Some say the fountain was first erected in thanksgiving by a father who had lost his little boy, only to find him two days later urinating on the corner where the statue now stands. Another myth claims that during a siege of the city in the 14th century, an unknown boy stopped explosives from blowing up the city walls by peeing on the fuse, and the fountain was erected in gratitude.

So why am I telling you about the statue of a little peeing boy in Brussels? Well, in Ireland, peeing is also called having a wee and our call to action is, “We want your WEEE”

We want your WEEE
Of course, the WEEE we want is Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, (WEEE) which we specialise in handling.  If it plugs in or has a battery we can recycle it.

We are all about compliance and certification on behalf of our valued clients.  Everything is recycled to the highest environmental standards and hard copy certified, very important in the new era of GDPR compliance.

For Data we offer a certified data wiping with our “Shred the Data, Save the Drive” programme. This service, for larger capacity drives (550gig+), is designed to be compatible with the EU focus on the development of the Circular Economy. Smaller drives or drives that cannot be wiped and other data storage media are shredded at our facility in Finglas.  Either way, all data is GDPR certified as destroyed

If you have responsibility for the correct disposal of end of life Electronic Equipment or the destruction of data and data storage media, talk to us, we take that responsibility seriously.

Check us out at www.electronic-recycling.ie

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