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  • Writer's pictureJames Mosieur

Going Green? Consider Recycling E-waste and Saving Lives.

You might think your business is environmentally savvy, but did you know there’s more to going green than saving water and switching to energy efficient lightbulbs? Recycling electronic waste through a charitable organization like the 911 Cell Phone Bank can lighten the burden of the local landfill and even save lives.

E-waste, also known as electronic waste, comes in many shapes and forms. From old and unused computers to the unclaimed cellphones in your lost and found department, chances are good that there is some kind of e-waste lurking at your place of business. Numbers from assert that Americans generate more than 11.7 million tons of e-waste annually. This breaks down to 416,000 mobile devices and 142,000 computers every single day, according to numbers from the EPA. Only approximately 12-20 percent of e-waste is recycled, sending tons of excess trash to our already crowded landfills and incinerators.

While some kinds of e-waste can be broken down by material (like glass or plastic or metal) and then recycled traditionally, other kinds of e-waste – like cell phones and smartphones -- do the most good when recycled whole.

Organizations like the 911 Cell Phone Bank make it easy to recycle old or unclaimed cell phones. By simply sending the devices to the organization, you’re doing your part to recycle and save lives. The 911 Cell Phone Bank takes the unwanted devices, clears the data and then donates the devices to be used as lifelines for domestic violence victims and other survivors of abuse or violence. Reusing cell phones ensures that the greatest possible value is recovered, prevents the devices from ending up in a landfill, and quite literally gives old phones new life.

For more information about cell phone recycling from the 911 Cell Phone Bank, learn more about what we do or contact us.

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