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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Statistics That Will Make You Want To Recycle Your Cell Phone

By Scarlet

Did you know that cell phones, on average, are used for less than 18 months before being replaced? In America alone, more than 140 million cell phones will end up in a landfill this year. Not only do they take up landfill space but they also present a huge hazard. Cell phones contain such toxic materials as lead, cadmium, nickel, and/or lithium. When placed in a landfill, these toxins will leech out and can contaminate the soil as well as the drinking water. Choosing to recycle cell phones will keep these toxins out of our landfills.

recycle your cell phoneRecycling cell phones has many benefits including saving energy and keeping usable materials out of landfills. Cell phones and PDAs contain parts with silver, gold, copper, and plastics -- all of which require energy to mine and manufacture. Recycling conserves these materials so they can be turned into new products.

Now that you know what a hazard cell phones can be when they end up in landfills and the additional benefits of recycling your cell phones, you are ready to recycle, right? But where and how?

It is actually pretty easy to recycle your old cell phones now. I saw a drop box in Starbucks the other day run by Cell Phones for Soldiers but many charities actually collect used cell phones and donate the proceeds from recycling to various worthy causes. You can research a charity online that accepts donations of old cell phones, or you can return them to where you bought them. Make sure you erase all personal data from your phone before donating. You can visit the EPA for recycling contacts for each brand of phone.

If all of the discarded cell phones in America were recycled instead of thrown away this year, it would save enough energy to power 25,900 US households with electricity for one year! Together, everyone's small actions, such as choosing not to upgrade as often or choosing to recycle your cell phone when you do upgrade, really does add up to a big impact!

Where will you recycle your next cell phone?

8 Comments so far

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On Friday, March 27, 2015, sara Elmoussaoui wrote

I have donated 25 old cell phones for people who need them. and I did a huge project on them and the article gave me so much information about mobile in landfill so I thank you for this article thanks for the article...

On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, vv wrote


On Thursday, September 4, 2014, D. in Milwaukee wrote

Donate your phones to, which strips the data and responsibly recycles or refurbishes the phones, then provides mobiles to Medic Mobile volunteers bringing medical care to people in some of the most remote corners of the planet. They will even send you a postpaid label for you to ship it, so this costs nothing but your time. I'm collecting at my workplace. Do it!

On Monday, June 2, 2014, CC from Florida wrote

Thanks for the article and for bringing awareness to the ewaste problem we are facing. If anyone needs help finding a recycling center or wants to sell their cell phone checkout

On Thursday, February 27, 2014, isaac from canada wrote will take phones and recycle them and donate money to environmental causes.

On Wednesday, August 28, 2013, Jennie D wrote

CPR Cell Phone Repair stores recycle phones and it helps Shriner's hospitals! And yes, it keeps them out of landfills and helps kids, too. Great article!

On Sunday, March 3, 2013, Ding wrote

Thanks for the article.

On Tuesday, May 22, 2012, hgfds wrote



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