Properly disposing of old cell phones is beneficial in several ways; they can be reconditioned to extend their useful life; donated to shelters and law enforcement agencies to provide emergency communications; or recycled to extract reusable substances. All of these measures help keep hazardous wastes and toxic chemicals out of landfills and incinerators where they potentially reduce air quality and leach harmful chemicals into ground water.
An estimated 130 million, or roughly 65,000 tons, of cell phones are retired every year in the US. An estimated 500 million cell phones are gathering dust right now. At the current cell phone recycling rate, less than 1 percent of those phones will end up being recycled.
What Recycling Cell Phones Can Do:
We have done our part to provide a proper way to dispose of these phones, and now it's up to you to do your part and start recycling - please donate your cell phone to the organization of your choice.