06 April 2010

Recycle that old Krazr during ‘Cell Phone Recycling Week’

Have you decided to jump into the exciting world of smart phones but you still have that old deactivated celly that resembles a car phone from 1989? Well the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like for you to recycle that outdated piece of...technology during its second annual “National Cell Phone Recycling Week.” The program is already underway and will run through April 11.

“Every recycled cell phone makes a difference,” said Maria Vickers, acting director of EPA’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery. “The energy saved by recycling even one cell phone is enough to power a laptop for 44 hours.”

The EPA has partnered with AT&T, Best Buy, LG Electronics, RecycleBank, Samsung Mobile, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless to sponsor promotional activities across the United States that make donating your old cell phone a painless process.

The EPA claims that if “Americans recycled the approximately 130 million cell phones that are disposed of annually, enough energy would be saved to power more than 24,000 homes in a year. Currently, only about 10 percent of cell phones are recycled.”

If you would like to locate a cell phone collection center in your area visit the EPA on the web here.

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