Take advantage of National Cell Phone Recycling Week, happening right now, to recycle yours safely and conveniently. Better yet, if yours is in good working order, donate it to a charity that refurbishes them and gives or sells them at low cost to the people who need them. The Environmental Protection Agency and its recycling partners make it super easy with tips and drop-off locations.
More than 100 million cell phones are no longer used annually. If we recycled all of them, we would save enough energy to power 18,500 U.S. homes for a year.
Pass the word! E-mail this post to your friends and co-workers. Print a full-color flyer and post it on your office bulletin board, in the lunchroom, the laundry room, the cafeteria or a meeting room at your local library, school, church or synagogue. Educators, download The Life Cycle of a Cell Phone poster geared toward sixth to eighth graders. That's an Ordinary thing to do.
My thanks to Dave Levitan, without whose article, Recycle 100 million cell phones, power almost 20,000 homes, I might never have known about National Cell Phone Recycling Week and the reasons we need to be responsible for our castoff phones.