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Which Types Of Electronics Should Be Recycled?

Discarded electronic items are one of the most commonly discarded items in developing and highly developed countries. Dubbed as e-waste, the laundry list of electronic waste continues to grow as technology advances. Televisions, stereos, cell phones, computers – each and every variation of these items contains toxins and materials hazardous to the environment. When improperly disposed of, toxins and poisons can quickly become an issue, many of these items acting as carcinogens as well.

Mercury, an element found in electronic devices, can have lasting and damaging effects to both land and water supply functions. Even in cases of small exposure, the health effects on people and animals can be deadly. This makes the recycling of cell phones particularly important, as they are so often discarded. Beyond their mercury content, the plastic casings a wasteful source of landfill use, and an easily recyclable item. Cell phones are a hot ticket item for recycling and reuse as well, as they can typically undergo repair services and be put back into use once again.

In the US, there are federal laws that prohibit and punish improper disposal of electronic devices. States such as California have taken this a step further, enacting their own laws as well, notating that simply tossing electronics out is a form of dumping hazardous waste and is subsequently illegal.

Looking for a quick list of electronic items that are typically the target of recycling? Look no further! The go-to items for many government and private organizations are as follows:

1. TVs, computers and other electronic devices that have CRT or cathode ray tubes in its components

2. Desktop monitors, laptops, notebook computers, LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) TV models and Plasma displays

3. Any portable CD and DVD players, notably those with LCD screens

Even if recycling electronics is not mandated by law, it should be mandated by its users. Recycling possibilities are endless. Ranging from being environmentally sound to reducing energy to finding creative solutions for reuse and sustainability, recycling items we are no longer in need of is a responsibility that should be shouldered by anyone making such purchases.

Why Should I Recycle My Old Cell Phone?

Cell phones are one of the quickest pieces of technology to become outdated – and also one of the worst when it comes to devaluing. As this device continues to develop, they are increasingly becoming competition for computers. You can surf online, check email, make calls, and even keep up with the stock market. With many offering a plethora of options that can put any desktop to shame, high-tech cell phones are a direct cause of slumping sales for traditional PC’s. Even so, something bigger and better is constantly being put out on the market, and as such, old cell phone leftovers are more prominent than ever.

Coast to coast, old cell phones are eating up space in landfills. With their toxic chemical make up, they pollute air, water and land sources. As natural human desire dictates that no one will quit buying the latest and greatest anytime soon, we have a responsibility and duty to the environment to look at our next best option – recycling these old cell phones. Highly developed, technologically savvy countries are constantly under pressure to upgrade. With the United State’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimating 125 million phones are discarded each year, it’s apparent there must be a better way. Translating into 65 tons of solid waste, the numbers are frankly discouraging and unacceptable.

Depending upon the condition and technology worthiness of the phone, there are several options for recycling. The quickest option is a local distribution center that accepts donations of cell phones; a quick look through the Yellow Pages can lead you in that direction. Many women’s shelters and outreach programs will accept working cell phones, even old models, as a means of enabling abused women and children with a means of communication with the outside world while in these outreach programs. Beyond this, cell phone companies and network providers will often provide credit for trading in an old phone in conjunction with a new purchase. If you simply have an extra, look into second-hand purchasers. Local shopping centers and strip malls have deposit locations, much like ATM’s, that make dropping your phone off quick and simple – and often, you’ll receive fast cash for doing so.

It is our responsibility to protect our environment. While having the latest and greatest gadget is fun and status-enhancing, tossing our older technology into landfills is not. The next time you’re in the market for a new cell phone, remember to also be in the market for ways to recycle your old phone. Whether by donation or a quick cash collection, think twice before you toss that old phone in the can.