Contractor Tips Blog

Apr
19

Importance of Recycling Your Cell Phone

Electronic waste has become a major problem in landfills, especially items that are replaced often like cell phones. It is estimated that the average cell phone owner replaces their device about every year and a half, even when their current device is still working. The problem is where the old phones go once they have been replaced by a new model. Recycling is vital to keep these devices out of landfills to protect the environment.

Cell phones are made from materials that can be toxic to the environment. The metals and other elements they contain can pollute the water system and soil, never breaking down but building up to toxic levels. However, almost all the components in cell phones can be recycled or reused. By recycling a million cell phones, the following metals can be obtained:

  • 750 pounds of silver
  • 70 pounds of gold
  • 30 pounds of palladium
  • 35,000 pounds of copper

These metals can be used to make new cell phones and other electronic devices, instead of mining for more metals. This also saves on the resources needed to mine and process these metals, offering a double benefit to the environment.

Electronic recycling is recommended by the EPA and is the law in many states. Most major retailers of electronics offer e-cycling drop-off points where you can bring your cell phones, TVs, computers and other devices. But you don’t need to recycle your cell phones for free. Most cell phones are worth money, even when they don’t work any longer.

Check with your local cell phone repair store. Some of the major chains of cell phone repair also buy old cell phones for cash, recycling them for their usable parts and materials. It is a great way to finally recycle those old cell phones and get paid a little money for doing the right thing.

Posted on behalf of:
iDeviceMD
1570 Old Alabama Rd
Roswell, GA 30076
(678) 869-9899

Dec
30

Reduce Electronic Waste by Repairing and Recycling Your Electronics

How many electronic devices do you have in your home? Too many to count off the top of your head? Most people own a cell phone, a computer and many other electronics for entertainment, all which will someday stop working. So what do you do when your computer keeps freezing up or your cell phone is on the fritz? Consider repairing these devices to reduce waste.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urges people to recycle their electronic devices, but before they do that, consider repairing your device. Many times a computer that is having problems just needs a quick repair to get it back online again. Bring it in for a diagnosis to a local repair shop to find out the problem. It may just need a virus removed or an upgrade in software, saving you money off buying a new device.

The same is true for your cell phone. Why spend hundreds of dollars to get a new phone when for a fraction of that price, you can get it repaired. A cracked screen or dead battery is a simple fix that can extend the life of your phone for another year or more. This reduces waste while saving you money.

When it does come time to get a new computer or cell phone, make sure to be responsible and recycle. Did you know that the EPA estimates that recycling a million laptops can save the same amount of energy as it takes to power 3,500 American homes for a year? Bring in your old electronics to a e-cycling center. You may even be able to get money for old cell phones by bringing them into a local repair shop that buys old phones. Look at your options and make the right choice for your wallet and the environment.

Posted on behalf of Cellairis

Mar
13

Be E-Green in 2016

One of the faster growing pollutants ending up in landfills is also one of the most popular electronic devices around: the cell phone. While most electronics like televisions, DVD players and computers are used for many years until they breakdown or become obsolete, cell phone users often replace their phones every year, even when the one they have works fine. This craving for new technology is creating a backload of used phones that are getting thrown away, often into the trash system.

Cell phones are toxic to the environment when allowed to be burned or added to landfills due to their components. Most contain myriad toxins such as arsenic, antimony, beryllium, cadmium, copper, lead, nickel and zinc, as well as flame retardants in the plastic housings. Many of these elements are considered Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxins (PBTs) and can enter the air or groundwater as contaminants if not disposed of properly.

So what should you do with your old cell phones and other mobile devices to be E-green in 2016? Why recycle them, of course! There are many materials that can be reused and when recycled properly, those toxins can be kept out of landfills. There are many e-recycling centers that will take your old cell phones and tablets to recycle, but there is a way to make some money and recycle at the same time.

Some cell phone repair shops in local malls and shopping centers will buy those old cell phones and tablets you have no use for, recycling them for parts and materials. Even cell phones that no longer work or are obsolete may be worth a few bucks. It is a great way to do the environmentally responsible duty while getting a little money for those old devices.

Posted on behalf of:
Cellairis (inside Walmart)
1515 N Loop 1604 E
San Anotnio, TX 78232
(210) 988-2800

Jan
28

Turn in Your Old Mobile Devices for Extra Holiday Cash

The holiday season is upon us and everyone could use a little more cash in their wallets. From holiday parties and family dinners to a long list of gifts to buy, you could use a cash infusion to help get through the holidays. What if you could get a little extra money just for cleaning out your closets and junk drawers of items you no longer use or need? If you have old cell phones, iPods or tablets, you might have a small savings account in old mobile devices lying around your home.

That’s right, your old cell phones and other mobile devices can be worth money. You probably knew that you could sell the more recent models of iPhones. iPads or Samsung Galaxies, but it is not just these slightly used phones or tablets that are valuable. Even older models of cell phones may still be worth money, even if they no longer work or are in poor condition. The reason for their value is not in what they can do; it is in what they contain.

Most mobile devices like cell phones, tablets and iPods contain valuable materials that can be recycled. Gold, silver and other precious metals are used in their electronic components. If thrown in the trash, these devices are adding to our landfills and the valuable materials inside them are lost. That is why you should always recycle your old devices, so why not get money for them instead?

If you need some extra cash or just want to do the right thing by recycling your old mobile devices, contact your local cell phone repair store in a local mall or shopping center. Many of these stores will buy your old devices and give you cash on the spot. It is a great way to get some extra money for the holidays while doing what is right for the environment.

Posted on behalf of:
Cellairis (inside Walmart)
10900 E Briarwood Ave
Centennial, CO 80112
(720) 477-2552

Jan
6

Be Green and Recycle Your Mobile Devices

Are you quickly being a hoarder of mobile devices? Of course, you didn’t mean to collect a dozen cell phones, three broken tablets and four iPods that no one needs anymore, yet somehow over the years you did. Every junk drawer and closet in your home has at least one mobile device crammed into it. So what should you do with all these forgotten and outdated devices? Recycle them for cash!

Did you know that there is an estimated $60 million in gold and silver that gets tossed in the trash each year in cell phones alone? This is a tragic waste of valuable materials, as well as toxic for the environment. In fact, electronic devices should never be thrown away – they contain recyclable material and do no good clogging up landfills. You need to find a place that offers e-cycling, preferably with a cash bonus, to unload all those mobile devices.

One good place to bring those old iPhones, iPods, iPads and other brands of mobile devices is certain cell phone repair stores. Some of the national chains that are commonly found in popular malls, Walmarts and shopping centers offer cash for old mobile devices. It is a win-win situation – you bring in those phones and tablets that you don’t need any more and they give you a little green for your wallet.

Do the right thing, the green thing, and recycle your old electronics. Next time you are headed to the local mall, throw your old cell phones and tablets into a sack and you might just find a cell phone repair store that will give you some extra shopping money for your ‘trash’.

Posted on behalf of:
iDeviceMD
1570 Old Alabama Rd
Roswell, GA 30076
(678) 869-9899

Jul
25

Are Your Old Cell Phones and Tablets Worth Money?

If you are like most mobile device owners, you have a small, or large, collection of old cell phones and tablets around your home. With new technology constantly changing, many people upgrade to the hottest new model of phone or tablet every one or two years. While your old smartphones and tablets may not be worth much to you, they can still be worth money. 

Due to the high cost of buying a new phone, many people are looking to repair their existing phone or buy a newly refurbished model. This means that old cell phone you tossed into the closet or shoved into a desk drawer could be worth money to cell phone repair or refurbishing companies. Why let those old devices take up room in your home when you can sell them for some extra cash? 

Top Used Mobile Devices to Sell

In most cases, almost any smartphone is worth some amount of money at many cell phone repair companies that buy old mobile devices. However, there are some that are worth more than others due to their popularity and usefulness. Some of the higher valued old phones and tablets include: 

  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Samsung Galaxy
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 

The good news is that they don’t have to be in excellent condition to fetch a decent price. Even devices that are damaged or don’t even work anymore can still be worth money. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, especially if it is an iPad that has been refurbished to its former glory. 

If you have old cell phones or tablets lying around your home, don’t wait for them to lose their value. Call your local cell phone repair store to see if they buy old mobile devices and get some extra cash for responsibly recycling them.

Posted on behalf of Cellairis

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