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Cell Phone Recycling – “The Secret Life of Cell Phones”

May 8th, 2008 · 3 Comments

This article is all about explaining Cell phone recycling The secret life of Cell phones. This video was presented by InformInc.

Cell phone recycling grabbed headlines last year when the environmental group Greenpeace released a report detailing the presence of harmful chemicals like brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC, plastics symbol no. 3) in Apple’s iPhone. Critics dismissed the report as a publicity stunt and Apple gave the standard reply of “the levels of these chemicals being in accordance with US and European government regulations.” Furthermore, Apple pledged to stop using these chemical completely in their cell phone production by the end of this year, according to ABC News.

That’s well and good, and manufacturers like Apple who conform to environmental standards deserve our praise. However, if you consider the low rate of cell phone recycling in the US and the fact that older cell phone models being discarded everyday contain other toxic chemicals like lead, zinc, copper, and antimony, then cell phone recycling assumes an added urgency. The sheer volume of cell phones ending up in landfills every day and potentially leaching dangerous substances into our underground water supply presents a truly mind-boggling imagery.

This video “The Secret Life of Cell Phones” presented by InformInc as part of their Secret Life series portrays in stark details the journey a used cell phone takes once discarded and thrown into a bin, and highlights convincingly the importance of cell phone recycling.

These are some cell phone recycling questions that “The Secret Life of Cellphones” seeks to address:

Where do old cell phones and mobile devices go when you recycle them? Why should you take those phones out of your sock drawer and take them back? What toxics are in a typical cell phone? How much gold and silver is in a cell phone? How do I recycle my cell phones and mobile devices?

We will be featuring in this cell phone recycling series of posts the definitive list of toxic substances found in cell phones and their adverse effect on our health, how cell phones are recycled or refurbished, and what you can do to recycle your old or used cell phones. For more information on PaceButler’s cell phone recycling and purchase program, click here.

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