Before you throw away your less than a year old phone and upgrade to a new model….think again. Consider the statistics – improperly discarded cellphones which is estimated at around 500 million and growing make up almost 65,000 tons of toxic waste EVERY YEAR. This pollutes up to 132,000 liters of water with its dangerous chemicals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic.

And because of the constant innovation and upgrades of phones, the average life span is now less than 18 months which translates to more than 125 million cellphones and batteries finding itself in landfills annually. The chemicals and toxic waste that leak out of these batteries at an alarming rate can have a huge environmental risk. Given these statistics, it is urgent that users learn how to properly recycle their used phones.

There are no federal regulations for mobile device recycling in the US – it was found out that the current rate for cell phone donations or recycling was less than 1 percent! That means there is either less interest on phone recycling or not a lot of people are aware that this is done. If you see that recycling your phone seems like a waste of time to you – there are many options available. Donating cellphones ensure that they stay out of landfills and you contribute to a good cause such as Senior Citizens or our troops overseas. Before donating, ensure that delete any stored information and perform a master reset to delete the phone’s memory and revert it back to factory conditions.

One other way is sell your used phone via a website or store. These companies can either refurbish, resell or recycle the phone. You can look forward to earning decent cash if its still usable. Go to stores such as Radio Shack, Best Buy, Office Depot, Staples, etc and ask the salesperson to assess your phone. They also have a bin for your old mobile phones and they will properly dispose of it.

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