Unlike most Americans, I recently purchased a cell phone for the first time in 10 years. It’s slick, with a keyboard for easy texting, but it’s also been outdone by the 4G already, and although I don’t intend to replace it any time soon, I know there will come a time when it’ll have to go, either because my plan provides me with a free upgrade or because I’m looking forward to new features.
According to planetgreen.com, although cell phones are built to last five years or longer, most people replace their phone every 14-18 months. “This means there are over 700 million used cell phones in the US today, with more pumping into the recycling stream every year.”
Most cell phone providers, and many retail stores, offer cell phone recycling services. When you donate your phone, it will be shipped to a facility for evaluation, and one of three things will happen: