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Recycling Phones Solves an Environmental Problem

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Recycling phones is an eco friendly way to solve a growing environmental problem. Cell phones can easily be renewed, reused and recycled.

Cell phones have become an integral part of our lives. Unfortunately, consumers are discarding used cell phones in record numbers. Experts estimate that 125 million phones are thrown away each year. These phones not only add volume to landfills but also release toxins which are damaging to the environment. Cell phones contain persistent and accumulative toxic chemicals. The toxins can cause damage to the ecosystem. Lead, cadmium, mercury and other toxic substances leak into groundwater supplies from landfills while toxins from incinerated phones pollute the air and eventually come back down to earth in rainwater.

Most consumers simply want to upgrade their cell phone to a different model. Instead of buying new, consider purchasing a pre owned cell phone. Buying a used phone is a budget friendly, environmentally responsible option. Reputable online sites sell a variety of cell phones for most major carriers. The phones are refurbished and sold at discounted prices. The cost of a pre owned cell phone is up to 50 percent less than the cost of a new phone.

Charities recycle cell phones

Instead of throwing away an outdated cellular device, donate it to charity. Many organizations collect cell phones, refurbish them and sell them to raise funds for charitable endeavors. Cell Phones for Soldiers, a nonprofit organization, uses the proceeds from donated phones to purchase long distance calling cards for service members overseas. Used cell phones are often refurbished and given to organizations such as battered women's shelters. The phones allow victims to make 911 calls in emergency situations.

Cell phones which are unusable should be recycled. Check online for recycling organizations which collect phones at local drop off stations or by mail with no cost to the consumer. Most cellular carriers allow subscribers to drop off unusable phones for recycling at retail locations. If a phone is broken, all working parts are removed to be reused. All unusable materials and batteries are sent to an EPA-certified facility. The recycling process begins by removing combustible material such a plastic, which can be reused. A high-temperature process reclaims reusable metals from the batteries.

Recycling phones might seem like a small step, but it will go a long way in helping protect the environment. If you’re looking to go green, recycling phones can help get you on your way.

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