Mobile Phone Recycling

Old Cell Phones

Today the mobile phone industry is one of the quickest growing industries on earth. Governments have consistently increased regulation in this sector in an effort to reduce the negative environmental impact due to the materials used in mobile phone designs. Keep in mind that old cell phones should not be put into landfills and that the benefits of recycling affect everyone on the planet.

Studies have shown that less then a mere 20 percent of used cell phones are recycled every year. Sure it takes some extra effort to recycle your old cell phones yet the most common hurdle most people tend to find is just how they can go about doing this.

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Finding mobile phone recycling centers in your area can be quite simple. It might just surprise you to learn that these locations can include the cell phone manufacturers, network providers, mobile phone retailers and even charities. It is certainly easy to buy used cell phones and it is just as easy to locate used cell phone drop-off and collection locations and information in your area by contacting any of these companies or visiting their websites. Additional used cell phone recycling information and links to these companies can be found on the official EPA website located here.

Find Mobile Phone Recycling Contacts

  • AT&T
  • Best Buy
  • Office Depot
  • Sony Ericsson
  • Sprint
  • Staples
  • T-Mobile
  • LG Electronics
  • Verizon Wireless

There are numerous charitable organizations which can take the old cell phones and turn them into something of significant importance. One such successful and well known example is the Cell Phones for Soldiers program which began in 2004 and turns old cell phones into prepaid calling cards for use by soldiers stationed overseas. Organizations like this will often work with the well known ReCellular in an effort to most effectively address the high volume.

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Since used cell phones, including used iPhones and other smartphones are produced using a variety of plastics and metals including copper they have the ability to be recycled and reused for a nearly endless variety of other products. This not only helps keep the planet safer and cleaner, it also assists in reducing the wasteful depletion of our natural resources.

Recycling or donating your old mobile phone or used iPhone to charity are really good options, yet unwanted old cell phones can still have some monetary value to them as well. When looking for where to sell used cell phones you may be interested to know that while many of these devices contain what is considered to be hazardous waste, there is value to these materials. However the value is typically only realized in mass bulk quantities. Materials such as copper, mercury, nickel, lead, zinc and many more are absolutely not appropriate materials to go into landfills and it is illegal to send them there.

Now that you have some options concerning mobile phone recycling whether your interests are in the charitable, financial, environmental categories or just helping others you can do what you feel is best. The benefits of mobile phone recycling are often the end of the perpetual cycle of mobile phone ownership. The typical lifespan of a cell phone is around one and a half years and within that time frame people will often trade in their used iPhone for example to acquire the newest smartphone of the day. No matter which method of mobile phone recycling you have the most interest in, these options should help to get you started.