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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 ?

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  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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5 R’s to Go GREEN and Save BIG!!!

Living in a metro city like Bangalore, with so much pollution and garbage everywhere, we all aspire for a greener environment at some point or another. But let’s face it; going green shouldn’t come at an extra expense to us. So here’s a list of very simple things (5 R’s to Go GREEN) that not only cuts on your expenses but might also give you good returns depending on your activity.

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  •       Recycle

1. Waste + Segregation = Compost + MONEY

You can segregate and compost most of your kitchen waste and what’s best, you an even sell it or use it for your own garden. Learn more about segregation here

2. Sell all your e-waste (all useless electronic gadgets and materials) to local vendor

3. You can recycle your newspaper by making small yet simple paper bags out of it. What more, you can also add this as an activity at home and office to spend an hour or so as a fun group activity to get everyone in your family or team involved.

4. Recycle old books: I’m sure we all have bundles of old dusty books and sheets lying in our cupboards from ages. if printed on just one side, you can make us of the other side. if there are blank pages, you can also make your own book. Outdated dairies etc., all this can be used for rough use.

5. Recycle rain water: rain water collected can b used for washing cars, gardening, and toilets and for most purposes where we don’t require soft water.

  •       Re-Use

1. Don’t purchase bottled water, instead buy an inexpensive water bottle and re-use it frequently.

2. Re-use plastic covers again and again as many times as possible, before disposing

3. Re-use old water bottles and plastic containers for planting a small plant, to decorate your window or near your working table/desk with greenery 🙂

4. Re-use your old clothes to make fancy bags, or donate your old clothes to an NGO (MITU in bangalore) where they produce such bags out of good old clothes.

  •       Reduce

1. Unplug when not charging, switch off lights when not in use, take stairs instead of elevators, reduce the use of electricity as much as possible.

2. Take a walk instead of burning fuel for short distances.

3. Plz do switch off your vehicle engine during traffic signals for more than 30 seconds. These will reduce loads loadsof fuel being burnt unnecessarily when vehicle not in use.

  •       Refuse

1. Refuse to use plastic as much as possible and opt for packing which can be easily bio-degradable

2. Refuse to mix all waste at home. Mixing dry waste and wet waste can create a mess so huge we can’t imagine, so its always best to eliminate the mess effectively and segregate at the source.

  •       Renovate

1. Replace all incandescent bulbs by florescent tubes to reduce a great deal of power consumption and renovate your house.

Of course there are lot more ways, if you have implemented any of these on anything new, please do share it with all of us.

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