If you are like many people, then when the newest phone comes out you get excited and go buy it right away. However, phones don’t last forever, and before you know it it will be time to get a new one again. When that time comes, what will you do with your old cell phone(s)? While many people are good about recycling everyday items such bottles, cans, and plastic, not everyone thinks to recycle their old cell phones. In fact, if you are like a lot of people, then you likely have a collection of old cell phones collecting dust in your closet. If this is the case, here are just a few of the reasons you should consider recycling your old cell phone(s).
Help The Environment
One of the primary reasons to recycle old cell phones is that it is better for the environment. Most of the components contained within cell phones are not biodegradable. This means that if you throw away your old cell phone, it will just be added to the landfill. However, when you recycle your old cell phones, the components can be safely recycled and reused keeping waste out of landfills and preventing more raw materials from having to be harvested for the production of cell phones.
It’s a Safe Way to Discard Cell Phones
Not only are cell phones not biodegradable, but when electronic waste ends up in landfills, this can actually be hazardous to the environment. The fact is that cell phones can contain harmful chemicals such as lead, arsenic, and mercury. When e-waste ends up in landfills, these chemicals can leach into the surrounding environment contaminating plants, animals, and even the water supply. Recycling your old electronics is then not only the safest way to dispose of them, but depending on where you live, it may actually be illegal to throw out e-waste. By properly disposing of your old cell phones, you will be doing your part to protect the environment.
Declutter Your Home
As we previously mentioned, many of us have a pile of old devices collected dust somewhere in our homes even though we rarely (or never) use them after upgrading. Ultimately, these devices end up just taking up room in your home, and the more things you hold onto that have no use, the more cluttered your home will become. Consider making an effort this spring to weed out items you don’t use and start by recycling your old cell phones. You will be surprised how liberating this will feel, and how quickly you will get on a roll and continue decluttering your home.
Help Those in Need
By recycling your old cell phones, you can help those in need as well as help the environment. If your old phones are still in working condition, there are many charities that will refurbish donated phones and give them to people in need who could not otherwise afford a phone. Even if your phone is not able to be refurbished, many charities will recycle the components and precious metals within your phone and use the money to support people in need or the environment. Many charities will even let you choose how the money from recycling your phone is used. Recycling your old devices is then beneficial on multiple levels by helping the environment as well as your community.
Recycle your old phones and do your part to protect the environment and help those in need, and you will have the added benefit of decluttering your life. Contact us to learn more about cell phone recycling including how you can recycle/donate your old devices. If you are ready to recycle your phones today, print a shipping label here.