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.
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