Why You Need To Recycle Your Old Phone

Why You Need To Recycle Your Old Phone

There are two kinds of people in this world – those who upgrade to a new phone as soon as a new model is launched; and those who do not change their phone until it stops working altogether.

If you aren’t in the first category but also do not want to wait until your phone draws its last breath and avoid inconvenience and issues, you need to change your phone.

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Most people do not care about what happens to their old phone once they get a new device. They either sell it or discard it. While selling at least has some benefits, discarding is a total waste. Many people do not even consider recycling their old phones. However, that is the best way to go about it, and we can prove it.

Most Americans replace their phone every 18 to 24 months, but only around 10% of the old phones in the U.S. are recycled.

Below are some reasons to help you understand why you should recycle your old phone instead of throwing it away.

Declutter your home

Why leave your old devices around the house to gather dust? Declutter your home by recycling all old mobile phones now. That way, you will have extra space around the house and one less thing to see when you move.

Protect the environment

Recycling your old phone is beneficial to the environment in four main ways:

1. The majority of your cellphones’ components are not biodegradable, which means your old cell phone will probably just end up in a landfill. However, if you recycle your old phones, then the components can be safely recycled and reused to keep waste out of landfills.

2. Recycling can also reduce the number of natural resources being harvested for production. Out of every one million cell phones that are recycled, we can recover 75 pounds of gold, 772 pounds of silver, 35,274 pounds of copper, and 33 pounds of palladium. Mobile phones also contain tin, zinc, and platinum that are reusable.

3. Recycling is the safest way to dispose of old mobile phones. Electronic waste ends up in landfills; this can be hazardous to the environment. Cell phones can contain harmful chemicals like lead, mercury, cadmium, brominated flame retardants, and arsenic that contaminate the soil, air, groundwater, water supply, plants, and animal life.

4. Old cell phones can be recycled to generate power. One phone can save enough energy to power a laptop for 44 hours straight. While recycling all of 130 million mobile phones tossed aside in the U.S. annually, we could power over 24,000 homes for a year.

Help those in need

If your old phone is still in working condition, many charities refurbish donated phones to give to people in need who are otherwise unable to afford a phone.

And suppose your phone is not able to be refurbished. In that case, many charities recycle the components and precious metals extracted from your phone and use the money to support the environment or people in need. Some charities even let you decide how the money from recycling your phone is used.

Are you unsure about whether your phone can be fixed or if it is time to recycle? Take your device to professionals for an inspection. Contact Computer Sleuths in Lawrenceville, GA or anywhere else in the Metro Atlanta area. Click here to schedule a free checkup.