Facts About Cell Phone
Recycling And Where To Recycle
Of the more than one billion cell phones that are currently used worldwide, an estimated 250 to 300 million of those phones are being used in the U.S. Many of these phones should be headed toward a cell phone recycling center rather than towards the more likely landfill. If everyone took advantage of being able to recycle his or her cell phone and cell phone battery recycling, an estimated 65,000 tons of waste could be eliminated.
Many people are not aware of how many hazardous materials are used in making cell phones. Cell phones are just loaded with pollutants like lead from soldering, arsenic and brominated flame retardant that contaminates the soil water and air through incineration and landfill disposal. Instead of sending these hazardous substances into the earth and environment, people can recycle them or have them refurbished for reuse.
The rechargeable batteries that power cell phones are highly toxic as well. Although there is a battery recycling program called the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corp. to collect and recycle these batteries, few consumers are aware of this program and simply throw their batteries into the trash.
The United States has a number of recycling programs available to its residents, but only about one percent of used cell phones are either recycled or reused. People need to take action immediately in order to understand, respond to and educate others about the availability of recycling cell phones.
In order to participate in a recycling program, a person can donate old cell phones to one of four different programs currently in the U.S. The first is a single program comprised of several secondary programs including Call to Protect run by Motorola, Sprint Project Connect run by Sprint, The National Cell Phone Collection Program run by The Body Shop and Radio Shack’s recycling program. Other programs include The HopeLine run by Verizon Wireless, The Charitable Recycling Program and CollectiveGood International. CollectiveGood has joined forces with Ebay in order to collect and resell mobile devices with all profits going to benefit charitable organizations.
Legislature awareness about recycling cell phones increases as more and more environmentalists and lawmakers educate people about the contamination of the earth and environment. In fact, as a result of a European Union directive, electronic manufacturers are required to eliminate the use of lead, PBDE’s and many other toxic materials from their products between the years 2006 and 2008. At that time, the electronics industry will be forced to come up with alternative materials to use in their products. Because most global companies want to use the same technologies in every market, American electronics manufacturers will have to do the same thing in order to remain competitive.