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Profit From Cell Phone Recycling Business

March 12th, 2010 · 8 Comments

If you’re planning to start a home-based recycling business.There is good profit from cell phone recycling business. It is a good option to choose.

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If you’re planning to start a home-based recycling business, you might want to consider cell phone recycling as a viable option. Here are some reasons why cell phones are far better than any other material to collect and recycle, at the moment:

Unlimited supply of cell phones

Americans, on the average change their cell phones every 12-18 months. We discard over 100 million cell phones every year, and less than 30 percent of these are recycled or sent back to manufacturers for proper disposal. There may be a billion used cell phones out there, gathering dust in people’s drawers all across America, just waiting for the first cell phone recycling entrepreneur to come and collect them.

Less space, more value

It takes far less space to store used cell phones compared to paper waste, for example, to generate the same amount of revenue.

This is because each used mobile phone unit has a higher market value than say, a whole phone book. Your 10 kilogram pile of used cell phones is far more valuable than your 10 kilogram of waste paper.

Convenient online transactions

Practically all used cell phone trading transactions are done online. You can go to the cell phone buyer’s website (like Pacebutler.com), download their purchase price list, print the pre-paid shipping label, ship them your batch of used cell phones, and in a few short minutes, you’re done. After shipping the phones, you just wait for your check to be issued by the cell phone buyer – usually within 4 business days upon receipt of your used phones.

Zero shipping costs

With other waste materials, you need to drive over to the recycling depot regularly to bring in your collected recyclables. Or, you can pay a hauler to do it. In either case, you’re investing both time and money in transporting your materials to the depot. With cell phone recycling, you just need to print the shipping label that they have online, and have your materials picked up by a shipper.

cell phone recycling

Leverage other people’s activities

Cell phone collection can be easily integrated into community social and sports activities. You can, for example, coordinate with the organizers of a local marathon to place your collection boxes at their registration tables and ask participants and supporters to bring in cell phones for recycling. You can’t possibly do this, if you’re recycling bulky items like car batteries, old computers, etc. I’m sure if you sit down and focus on it, you’d easily come up with a dozen public activities scheduled in your city or community where you can integrate your cell phone recycling and collection activities seamlessly.

Handy-dandy mobile phone

Thanks to our focus on miniaturized technology, cell phones today are extremely portable. Anyone can easily place a used cellular phone in his or her pocket or handbag and bring the unit to where you have one of your collection boxes. In other words, people don’t have to make any extra effort to join your collection drive, if they wish to do so.

Widespread community support

Cell phone recycling is a well-known and accepted way to help protect the environment, conserve resources, and raise funds.

Groups and organizations, like student bodies and social clubs, in your community can easily be persuaded to lend their support to your collection efforts. Of course, it’s up to you to convince these groups to work with you, and that might mean splitting the profit with your partner group. Tapping into a group’s membership base to generate support for your collection drive can be extremely lucrative, even if you share the profit with the group.

Much-needed service

Mobile phones, when disposed of improperly, can pose a serious threat to our health and to the environment. Chemicals and heavy metals like cadmium, lead, mercury, and brominated flame retardants (BFR) can leach from used cell phones deposited in our landfills to the surrounding water systems and soil.

By helping recycle the millions of cell phones that are being discarded every year, you’re actually doing a great service to the community. Of course, as we learned from the factors mentioned above, cell phone recycling business is not just good for the environment, but good to your financial bottom line as well. Start a cell phone recycling business today, and profit by providing this much-needed service to your community.

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Morten Pedersen // Mar 14, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Good advice, I wonder if it can be used in Europe too?

  • 2 Glass Bottles // Mar 15, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Great idea and reasoning. I have been kicking around starting a collection in our community. I think this post may have sealed it.

  • 3 Necktie // Mar 16, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    wow cool post, never thought about cell phone recycling as a business. Thanks!


  • 4 TerraQuant // Mar 17, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    This is a great idea for non-profits too. Everyone is hurting in this economy, especially some of the organizations that live off donations. Recycling phones can generate extra revenue and help the environment. I also think that many people with a pile of old cell phone would feel great about giving them to a non-profit. I will suggested it to several small organizations in my area.

  • 5 David Miller // Mar 19, 2010 at 3:53 am

    Now this sounds like a business I can really get into, I never thought of recycling cell phones before, now that I think of it, now most of the cell phones have the recycle safe logo on it. I will have to give it some additional thought, thanks for sharing such an informative and useful post

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  • 7 lois @ web design blackburn // Mar 26, 2010 at 6:14 am

    A very much needed service . with most people getting free cell phone upgrades every year handsets soon mount up.

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