Recycling Cell Phones

Cell phones are one of the fastest growing forms of electronic waste. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average cell phone life span is about 18 months. They are discarded at an alarming rate of more than 125 million phones per year, resulting in more than 65,000 tons of waste.

  • Over 43% of American cell phone users replace their cell phone approximately every two years and roughly 20% replace their cell phone every year.
  • Americans use an average of six wireless products; and over 16% of consumers own and use ten or more wireless products.
  • Refurbishment and reuse of cell phones keeps them out of U.S. incinerators and landfills. Many of the refurbished cell phones are sold abroad.

Many retailers such as Best Buy, AT&T or Verizon offer recycling programs for your old cell phone. 

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