(My husband did me a huge favor and wrote this post.)
It’s estimated that there an astronomical 500 million unused cell phones stranded throughout the United States. I feel somewhat sorry for these many cell phones, especially the ones that find themselves toxically dissolving in landfills, where they emit harmful lead into the atmosphere and ground.
So, what to do? Simple. Really simple. RECYCLE your cell phones.
Sites such as Recellular provide a clear selection of options regarding cell phone recycling. Cell phones can be used to raise money for schools or charities. Donating your cell phone is quite simple and FREE! Recellular will ship you the necessary box and will pay for postage. All you have to do is find a way to the Post Office.
NPR most recently aired a story explaining the dangers of cell phone waste and the ease in which to recycle the phones. As stated in the story, the pieces that make up a cell phone are 100% recyclable—the screens, key pads and internal organs. What an efficient product – completely recyclable after use! The EPA has launched a campaign to make consumers more aware of this opportunity.