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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 ?

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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