If you didn’t know that you can recycle cell phones, you’re not alone. Almost 200 million broken, obsolete and unused phones are going to waste according to a recent University study.
An analysis of state laws about e-waste disposal shows they’ve been mostly ineffective. Saphores said that, “California’s Cell Phone Recycling Act has had some positive impact, but big picture policies are needed to look at the whole life cycle of products.” As it stands now, consumers typically keep a cell phone for only 18 months before upgrading. He also suggests a deposit-refund system similar to the ones used for beverage containers.
While we are concerned about all those phones and the pollution problems associated with them, we would be delighted to take them off of your hands. Why not recycle cell phones?
To get things rolling, we were going to put together a list of stuff you could buy for 200 million dollars, but then we found out that there’s no website yet to make that easy. So for now you’ll have to settle for these inspiring and educational items to put that figure in perspective:
200 million is the average number of Tweets per day according to a report by Twitter in 2011. No word on how many of those Tweets are about Justin Bieber.
200 million work hours a day are devoted to collecting water globally according to Water.org.
200 million dollars was the cost of making the movie Titanic according to the Los Angeles Times.