Cell phone recycling is easy, and can even be profitable, but most people don’t do it. Did you know – About 50 millions cell phones are replaced worldwide each month, and only 10% are recycled? Most people upgrade their phone every 21.7 months according to Recon Analytics, and when they do the old phone goes into a drawer or worse, the landfill. Here at MGE we pay for your old cell phones – working or not!
That is why cell phone recycling makes a great fundraiser for your church, school or other non-profit organization. We will even help with the promotion of your event, and pay for shipping from cell phone recycling projects in other parts of the country. The bonus is that we get to educate more people about the importance of electronics recycling.
The reason we can pay for old cell phones, even when they are no longer working, is because of components and raw materials that we are able to recover. Many cell phone components can often be recycled and reused. In addition, for every 1,000,000 cell phones recycled, 35 thousand pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered.
Cell Phone Recycling is Important for our Environment
Here are the facts:
- If we recycled just a million cell phones, greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced the same amount as if we removed 1,368 cars from the road for a full year.
- The nation now dumps between 300 and 400 million electronic items per year. Less than 20% of that e-waste is recycled.
- Electronic waste represents 2% of America’s trash in landfills, but it make up 70% of the overall toxic waste.
- You can bring your old cell phones to one of our drop off locations or one of our public collection events. Please contact us if you are interested in information about our cell phone recycling fundraisers. And spread the word about the importance and benefits of cell phone recycling!