Environment Cell-Phone-Recycling

Published on September 4th, 2012 | by No Artificial

Responsible E-Waste Recycling

The eco-friendly way to dispose of your old cell phones and chargers.

Cell phone customers routinely upgrade their mobile phones every couple years. It’s no wonder that the average mobile phone user has at least two expired devices stockpiled at home.

There are a lot of things you can do with old mobile phones and their accessories.

One thing not to do? Don’t throw them away. Most electrical components are made of plastic and they contain a wide range of heavy metals, like mercury and other toxins that are extremely hazardous for the natural environment. You can recycling them instead of discarding or find a way for them to be reused.

But before you take this step, it is a good idea to make sure all your data is erased. While recycling programs promise to remove old information from any devices processed through their facilities, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Responsible E-Waste Recycling

All green electronics recycling requires breaking devices down to its components, reusing some in the manufacturing of new equipment, and properly disposing of others. A lot of electronic retailers and cellular providers have e-waste recycling bins, or mail-in programs to make recycling your old phone easy. You may also be able to find drop-off bins at a waste management center, post office, or environmental organization. The Environmental Protection Agency provides a list with numerous major US carriers right here.

Another option is resell or reuse. The preferred one is to donate your old device to charity.
Many organizations have partnered with cell phone refurbishers and recyclers as a way of generating funds while keeping phones out of our environment. For example, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence collects old cell phones for victims and families, and so does the HopeLine program.

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Cell Phones for Soldiers is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active duty military members and veterans. The organization collects old phones, which they send to re-cellular so the used phones can be sold or recycled. Each phone donated buys one hour of talk time for soldiers.

Resource:
www.networx.com

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