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What to do with old cellphones? eCycle them!


Recycling cellphones is much easier than one might expect.
Cellphones are being replaced at exponential speeds as models that are one to two years old look gigantic and decades-old compared to the newest, slickest versions from electronics companies around the world. Old cellphones are also being replaced by smartphones that include internet capacity and QWERTY keyboards above and beyond what a traditional cellphone once offered.

Because of this, recycling cellphones is one of the priorities and top concerns for many people who wish to do more to save the environment. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, about 14 million Americans were eco-conscious enough to recycle their cellphones. There are multiple avenues now for people who wish to give back old cellphones whenever a newer model comes out.

The two main ways to recycle cellphones are drop-off centers and mail-in programs. Depending on the electronics retailer, different companies offer different ways to recycle.

For example, AT&T, Best Buy, Sprint, T-Mobile, Sony Ericsson and Verizon all offer drop-off centers. The EPA has links available to all of these companies' drop-off recycling locations as well as collection event schedules.

For companies such as Nokia, Motorola and Samsung, the mail-in option is another way to return old cellphones, including batteries and chargers. LG Electronics, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Sprint and Sony Ericsson offer both mail-ins and drop-off so that there is really no excuse for a new cellphone users to not return their old model!

Recycling is one of the most important - and easiest - things that people can do to ensure a healthier future for generations to come. Reusing plastic bags is something that can be done at home, while recycling bottles and cans can become a family activity. Recycling cellphones is just an extension of all of these things and something that all people - teenagers to retirees - should be aware of.