Old cell phones are among the targets of a new recycling scheme being set up at Indiana State University. The competition (also running nationally) is called Recyclemania, and begins on the sixth of this month with the intent of promoting waste reduction and the recycling of old cell phones and other electrical items among university students.
The average American gets a new cell phone every 12 to 18 months and usually the cell being replaced is still in good working order. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, of the 98 million cell phones discarded in 2005, only about 20% were recycled. Most of them ended up in a landfill, where they leaked toxic waste into the environment.
What to do with that old cellular phone after it has been upgraded to that shiny newer model is often not the first thing on many people’s minds. Even when it is, the answer is not immediately forthcoming to many, but a senior class at Newton South High School, called Sustaining Global Communities, is hoping to change all that by spreading the word about electronic and cell phone recycling schemes.
The EPA has targeted old cell phones as a big issue due to lack of understanding on the part of the general public on how to recycle the products. Despite the increasing number of old cell phone disposal sites, an EPA spokesperson says that “Only about ten percent of cell phones are turned in for reuse and recycling annually”.
Cell phone recycling – as well as other electronic waste, or e-waste as it has come to be known, is on the rise in the United States, according to the latest figures.
Boise State University is in the process of setting up its own cell phone recycling scheme. The university has decided to partner up with Verizon Wireless, the first university to decide to do so in the western United States
A MerrittIsland couple has decided to become recycling entrepreneurs, setting up their own company to enable the recycling of old cell phones along with other now unusable electronic equipment which would otherwise end up clogging up landfills. The online business, eRecyclingNetwork.com, is described as being “an alternative to letting” old cell phones and other defunct electronic equipment just “sit around your house”, according to its co-founder, Conrad Melancon.
The words “funeral home” and “cell phone recycling” do not appear to be natural bedfellows, but the company of Gates, Kingsley & Gates Moeller Murphy Funeral Directors is out to change all that, starting up a new cell phone recycling scheme as part of the national Cell Phones for Soldiers program. The Cell Phones for Soldiers program recycles used cell phones and uses the money to give troops stationed outside of the United States pre-paid calling cards in order to be able to keep in touch with their loved ones back home. Gates, Kingsley & Gates Moeller Murphy Funeral Directors have decided to join in with the program and are asking employees as well as local businesses and residents in Santa Monica to get involved as well.
I have a cell phone I want to sell. It is a Sony Ericsson U5i Vivaz and in pretty good condition. So where can I sell my cell phone? Or, perhaps more importantly, where is the best place for me to sell my cell phone?
Those who wish to help soldiers stay in touch with their families can do so by recycling their old cell phones on Saturday in Adrian, Michigan. A Cell Phones for Soldiers event is being staged this weekend on the twenty ninth of January, sponsored by Liberty Tax Service.