Each year, millions of cell phones are retired but I found statistics that say less than 1% of these phones are recycled. Granted I have only had three phones in my life. I more than likely would still have my last one if I didn’t drop it so I have not had many opportunities to experience the recycling of my phones.
The last time that I went to a retail store, I overheard many conversations of the salesperson asking if they could recycle their old phone. I have also seen a couple of drop off boxes in a few other retail stores as well as recycling information in the manual–but who reads that anyway? So I am a bit skeptical about the number of phones being recycled.
Either way, recycling your phone is always a good idea. If you don’t give it back to your provider, there are many different organizations that hold recycling events. The couple that I know of off hand are the battered womens shelter and Cell Phones for Soldiers.
Cell phones for soldiers takes Donated cell phones and sells them to a company that recycles them. The money received from recycling the cell phones is used to purchase calling cards that are sent to troops in need.
Do you know of any more organizations that recycle cell phones? What have you done with your old cell phone?