CELL PHONE RECYCLING & FUN FACTS
In the United States, more than 100 million cell phones are bought each year, but only about 10% to 20% of old cell phones are recycled. With the precious resources found inside cell phones, including copper, recycling old cell phones ensures that these resources are properly extracted and re-used.
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Here are some things to remember before recycling your old cell phone:
- Transfer any important data and files – then do a factory resetWith all of the personal information stored on cell phones, it’s important to make sure all of this information is removed before recycling an old cell phone. It’s also important to remove the old sim card as an extra precaution.
- Remove the cell phone battery, if possibleSince most cell phone batteries are lithium-ion batteries (like computers), it’s important to remove the battery from the phone before recycling the phone if possible. The batteries require special transportation to avoid any hazards such as fires or short-circuiting.
Cell phones are not eligible to be recycled in your weekly curbside pickup. Many of the materials that make up the cell phone, including its lithium ion battery, need a special process to be removed and recycled – which curbside pickup is not always able to do.
Accessories like cell phone chargers can and should be recycled, and the good news is that it’s easy to do. Many of the places that accept old cell phones for recycling also accept certain accessories, such as chargers.
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