Cell Phone Recycling
Wirefly is an online company that sells a vast amount of cell phones to people. Thankfully, Wirefly cares about the environment enough to adopt cell phone recyclying, and re-use programs for the millions of old and discarded cell phones that are generated every year. Think about how many new cell phones get sold every year in the United States? Or even the World? What happens to those old cell phones? Well instead of throwing them away, which creates an e-waste hazard, you can recycle them and help spare the environment yet another toxic mess.
Why bother recycling your old cell phones? They can leak out damaging toxics to the environment. They can be of some use by other people, many charitable donations give old cell phones to people who need them. And finally, in some states it could be against the law to NOT recycle your old cell phone due to the growing popularity over potential environmental hazards. The Wirefly website has a really nice detailed explanation on the issue. Now I totally support this as I am very strong opponent to e-waste and its potential toxic possibilities on the environment. However, I always tend to lose my cell phones rather than have one left over after buying a new one. So if you happen to find a cell phone, and contact was not possible with the rightful owner, then you should recycle the phone.
When it comes down to deciding which recycling program works the best, first consider what you intend to gain from the donation. There are three options that are available to someone who would like to donate their phones.
1.) You can donate your phone and receive a cash value for its worth. (sounds good)
2.) You can donate your phone for direct use to someone else who needs it
3.) Or you can donate the phone and have the cash value donated on your behalf to a nationally supported charity.
Read Here for more details on the recycling programs.
Whatever you decide, you are helping keep cell phones out of land fills. This act alone is helping the environment, which is something we should all try to contribute to in a positive manner. Honestly people, this goes along with trying to prevent e-waste just like in the film Manufactured Landscape (image link on the sidebar). Please help do your part and spread the word.
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