Why should I recycle my phone?
Each year Americans discard approximately 130 million cell phones, totaling about 65,000 tons of waste. Unfortunately, less than five percent of these phones are recycled. The rest end up in junk or desk drawers, or worse, in landfills. Since a typical phone contains materials like arsenic, zinc and lead, throwing out old cell phones is not only wasteful, it’s dangerous. If disposed of in landfills, these materials can seep into groundwater. If incinerated, the same chemicals end up in the air we breathe. By recycling your phone you are helping to preserve the environment.