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 The problem is where the old phones go once they have been replaced by a new model.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

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

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