<![CDATA[When most people think about recycling, they instantly think of newspapers and soda bottles. Sure, those things are perfect for recycling and getting the most out of our already stretched resources, but what about consumer electronics? A major concern about recycling electronics, specifically smartphones, is that they contain personal information. Making sure that those items are wiped before handing them over to someone else is very important. However, there is a new challenge being put to consumers concerning this very issue: the Smartphone Encore Challenge. This contest of consideration calls for people to find suitable ways to re-purpose smartphones or their components, but it also needs to be innovative and (here’s the hard one) profitable.