Contractor Tips Blog

Apr
16

4 Reasons You Should Recycle Your Old Cell Phones

Most homes have a secret cache of old cell phones. It might be a drawer, or a bag stuffed in the closet, but those old cell phones are still hanging around. While it is not a bad idea to keep a recently retired phone as a backup, you do not need that iPhone from 2008 or the Samsung Galaxy that will not even turn on. It is time to bring those old cell phones in for recycling and here are four excellent reasons why.

  1. Stored information. Those old phones have information stored in them that could be detrimental. If someone takes those phones, they may have access to all your contacts and other information. Have them cleared and recycled to keep that personal info safe.
  2. Protect the environment. Cell phones should never be thrown away. They can be toxic to the environment and need to be recycled and properly disposed.
  3. Precious metals. Did you know cell phones are made with gold, silver and other precious metals? These metals need to be recycled so they can be used for making new electronics. This helps reduce the amount of metals that need to be mined, which is also good for the environment.
  4. Extra cash in your pocket. You do not need to recycle your cell phones for free; you can get paid for the effort. Bring them to a cell phone repair shop that buys old cell phones for parts and materials.

It is time to clean out those junk drawers and overflowing closets. Bring your old cell phones in for recycling and earn a few extra bucks in the process. It is good for your home, your wallet and for 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

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