EPA Announces Week-Long Cell Phone Recycling Drive
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The month of April is usually a good month for recycling since Earth Day sparks some action around saving the planet. The EPA has caught the bug too, and has announced a big cell phone recycling drive in conjunction with major retailers, to last all of next week. If you have a cell phone sitting in a drawer somewhere, now is a great time for you to turn it in for recycling. During the week of April 6-12, the EPA is pushing people to send in their cell phones, and has teamed up with AT&T;, Best Buy, LG Electronics, Motorola, Nokia, Office Depot, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Sprint, Staples, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless for the drive.
You can contact the local retailer, or Earth911.org to find out where to submit your used cell phone. And if you are wondering why bother moving a cell phone from a drawer to a recycling facility, here's why:
Recycling cell phones can save enough energy to power more than 2,035 U.S. households for a year. Recycling the 100 million cell phones that are no longer used annually would save enough energy to power more than 18,000 households for a year...Currently, only about 10 percent of unwanted cell phones are recycled each year.
The materials in those tiny gadgets are useful and valuable, and it's far more eco-friendly to forward it on to recyclers than forget about it in a drawer.