Pacebutler supports National Cell Phone Recycling Week , scheduled for next week April 5 – 11, 2010.
Pacebutler Corporation fully supports the second annual National Cell Phone Recycling Week, scheduled for next week April 5–11, 2010. This important recycling event is a joint effort between the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Plug-In To eCycling program and leading cell phone manufacturers, retailers, and wireless service providers in the United States.
“Every recycled cell phone makes a difference,” said Maria Vickers, acting director of EPA’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery. “The energy saved by recycling even one cell phone is enough to power a laptop for 44 hours.”
It is estimated that about 130 million cell phones are discarded annually as cell phone users in the US upgrade plans or purchase newer, more sophisticated models. Unfortunately, less than 10 percent of these old units are recycled. According to EPA, if we’re able to recycle all the mobile phones that we discard every year, the total energy saved would be enough to power more than 24,000 homes in one whole year.
Cell phone recycling conserves limited resources. Each cell phone or personal digital assistant (PDA) contains small amounts of various precious metals like gold, silver, copper, and palladium. Plastic and glass can also be recycled from used cell phones.
Recovering these materials will not only help conserve finite resources but will also help prevent or mitigate the considerable environmental impact from the extraction and manufacturing of fresh raw materials. Here’s one amazing cell phone recycling fact from EPA: for every 1 million cell phones recycled, we can recover 75 pounds of gold, 772 pounds of silver, 33 pounds of palladium, and 35,274 pounds of copper.
Protect our health
Cell phones disposed of improperly can be dangerous to our health. Used mobile phones may contain dangerous heavy metals like mercury, arsenic, lead, cadmium, and highly toxic flame retardants. These metals or chemicals are found in the casing and batteries of old phones and can potentially contaminate the soil and water systems surrounding our landfills.
As we all know, lead is a poisonous metal that can damage nervous connections (especially in young children) and cause blood and brain disorders. Exposure to lead has been identified as one of the primary causes of autism in children. Prolonged mercury exposure can damage the central nervous system and other organs or organ systems such as the liver or gastrointestinal tract. Cadmium exposure can lead to liver and irreversible kidney problems (often fatal), respiratory and bone density problems.
Recycle cell phones
Let’s all support the National Cell Phone Recycling Week by recycling or by getting rid of old or unused mobile phones that we have at home, through cell phone recycling or donations. You can recycle phones or donate cell phones through Pacebutler Corporation. As the EPA says “it’s an easy call to make.”
Click here for more information on how to recycle cell phones.