Recycle your Mobile phone and Go GREEN!!!

How many of us have used more than 2 cell phones ? I’m sure most of us, even my younger cousin who’s in high school have got his hands on 3 cell phones by now! But have we ever thought of what happens to all our old phones, which we no longer use ?English: Mobile phone scrap, old decomissioned...

What happens to all the phones after their life cycle is complete ? Lets find out 🙂

Firstly, why should we worry about recycling Mobile phones ?

mobile phone recycling

  1. Responsibility: Yes, as a responsible citizen, it is your duty to dispose something responsibly after use! Be it electronics, plastic or any other waste for that matter.
  2. Save Natural Resources: it’s estimated that for every million cell phones we recycle, 35 thousand pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered.
  3. Reduce WASTE: According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans discard 125 million phones each year, creating 65,000 tons of waste.
  4. Save Energy: If we recycled all the discarded phones every year, we would save enough energy to power 18,500 U.S homes for a year.
  5. Protect Environment: The batteries and electronic components in mobile phones contain heavy metals and other elements like arsenic, barium, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury and selenium, which release toxins thereby polluting air, landfills and even ground water.

How can i recycle my old phone ? Just 3 simple steps.

  1. Walk into an authorized Nokia, Samsung or Apple store

  2. Drop your old mobile phone

  3. Walk out with cool gifts & accessories /Green goodies /even cash rewards*.

What’s more interesting is that there are lots of companies who are putting in lots of their time & resources for Greener Environment.

Nokia‘s initiative to recycle old phones – Planet ke Rakhwaale, has been quite successful in creating awareness about the need to recycle old phones, collecting more than 5,00,000 mobiles.

Samsung is among the first electronics company to introduce a comprehensive consumer take-back programme of old mobile phones in India.

Apple also has taken steps to take back old apple products, by giving a discount on next purchase.

There are other initiatives by Sony, Videocon’s “V Recycle” and few more companies, promising to recycle old mobile phones and appropriate disposal of waste.

With more than 1500 collection centers across the country, it shouldn’t be difficult for us to locate a closest center to drop our old phones for recycling. These big corporations are doing their part slowly, now it’s our turn to contribute to make our country a better Greener place 🙂

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7 responses to this post.

  1. […] « Recycle your Mobile phone and Go GREEN!!! […]

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    • Old mobiles may have some personal data still stored onto the mobiles even after they are discarded, in which case is it safe to handover the mobiles for recycling?? Can such data be extracted and used by some 3rd party illicitly?
      Is there a way to insure that such a data is safe or to retrieve back ur memory chips from mobiles, while giving it away??

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  2. Its really good to know that selling old mobile phones is eco-friendly, a little contribution on price for a new phone. I am also thinking to toss my old phone , went to many shops in street but no one is paying a reputed amount. Then I think of recycling it and come across few reliable buyback online sites like Atterobay .They provide a free shipping kit to send our device. It’s really easy and a very simple way to get the best price for your old second -hand , non working phone.

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    • Old mobiles may have some personal data still stored onto the mobiles even after they are discarded, in which case is it safe to handover the mobiles for recycling?? Can such data be extracted and used by some 3rd party illicitly?
      Is there a way to insure that such a data is safe or to retrieve back ur memory chips from mobiles, while giving it away??

      Reply

  3. Posted by Dillip on December 31, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Really good to know,
    Every body on the earth must aware about it
    And promote it.

    Thanks for ur information.

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  4. Any mobile making default lot pursued bulk

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  5. Posted by Nandita on August 22, 2017 at 10:40 AM

    I have a Samsung mobile (not the smartphone) but a simple one. Where do I recycle it in the borivali west

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