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National Cell Phone Recycling Week

Going green, being conscientious toward our environment, can sometimes be tough, what with all the rules for responsibility and pledges to purity.

But not this week.

No, this week it’s easy to be green, because this week is the EPA’s National Cell Phone Recycling Week.

Recently get a cell phone? Helping the environment is as simple as not dropping your old one in the trash. So what do you do with it, you ask?

Often it’s as simple as stopping by a store to drop it off, and sometimes you don’t even have to leave your house, as some companies, such as LG Electronics and VirginMobileUSA, will send you self-addressed stamped envelopes for sending your phone(s) back to them.

AT&T, Verizon and Best Buy are just some of the stores that will take old phones for recycling. Check out the EPA’s Plug In To Ecycling site for more info.

And, companies like AT&T contribute proceeds from cell phone recycling to Cell Phones for Soldiers, which has distributed more than 75,000 prepaid phone cards to soldiers overseas.

Though about 11.7 million cell phones were turned in last year for recycling, that’s less than 10% of how many are in use in the US. The EPA says the energy saved by recycling just one cell phone is enough to power a laptop for 44 hours.

So be green this week. It’s easy.

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“National Cell Phone Recycling Week”

  1. Anonymous Click here Says:

    Cell phone coatings are often made of lead, and their lithium-ion batteries can explode if exposed to high temperatures or direct sunlight, which are common conditions in landfills.