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What to do with that old cell phone...


­­­­­­­Look around you at sporting events, food stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, parking lots and even in traffic and you will find people using cell phones.  INFORM organization www.inform.org reports that cell phones are used for about 18 months before being replaced.  How does this affect the environment? Cell phones contain toxic chemicals such as:  arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, copper, lead, nickel, and zinc.  When cell phones are dumped into our landfills they leak these toxic chemicals into the soil which eventually reach our waterways.  Cell phone accessories also pose a problem as most accessories are not standardized to work on all models. 


Cell phone users continue to grow right along with cell phone technology.  This growth contributes to the problem of what to do with old cell phones.  According to INFORM organization by 2005, nearly 130 million cell phones will be discarded every year in the United States.  About 65,000 tons of cell phones will end up in landfills and incinerators.  Two major cell phone manufacturers, Nokia and Motorola, offer take-back programs and some charitable organizations will take cell phone donations.  You can take the phones and accessories to drop off locations or mail them to the organization that collects them. 


So, dont just throw away that cell phone.  Recycle it.   Wireless Foundation http://www.wirelessfoundation.org/ can point you in the right direction for drop off locations, mailing addresses, and participating contributors. 

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