Recycling Phones and Tablets Could Help Save the Environment


People are certainly more into recycling now than they were 10 years ago, that’s for sure. However, the sad fact is that recycling still goes unnoticed by many individuals.

There are three types of people:

1. Someone who doesn’t recycle because they don’t understand how it can benefit them.

2. Someone who knows what recycling is, but feels that it’s something that won’t affect them in their life time.

3. Someone who doesn’t know what recycling is, but is keen on the idea of being compensated for recycling.

You also have those that know about recycling and understand the benefits, but we are looking to reach out to those that don’t know about recycling with this post.

One of the biggest issues at the moment is the amount of cell phones that are coming in and out of the market. In the last few years, we have seen the rate of new phone launches increase dramatically, and with that, there are cell phones, which are being discarded.

People will either store them in a drawer (not knowing what to do with them), or throw them in the trash (not caring, or not understanding).

Each year the amount of phones ending up on landfill sites is increasing as well. This is bad because each phone contains components that are toxic to the environment around us, and these phones if disposed off at a landfill site will leak these chemicals into the ground, which will eventually lead straight back to us in one form or another through the air, soil or through water.

A lot of us wont recycle just to do a good deed, and that’s why phone recycling sites have been setup in order to help push people into recycling. We have also seen comparison sites show up on the radar in the last 2-3 years, who go that extra step in providing the best prices to recycle your phone.

It helps easily answer that question of where can I sell my cell phone and do my bit for the Earth.

It doesn’t just stop there though, phones that have been recycled carry on their journey depending on the condition.

These are the three steps phones can take:

1. If a phone is badly damaged beyond repair, the phone is usually sent to smelters who break the phone down and reclaim previous materials (did you know phones contain small amounts of gold?)

2. If a phone is cosmetically damaged, sometimes these can be repaired and then sent out to third world countries.

3. If a phone is like new then the phone can be pushed back into our society or sent to third world countries.

Overall, there is a way of helping people understanding what we are doing to our environment, as well as helping them put cash in their pockets. Hopefully the recycling factor will continue to grow and we can give our children a greener tomorrow.

Article by Craig Timmins, who works to help promote the recycling of cell phones for If you want to sell your iPhone or any other phone, from old, new to even broken, then you can do your bit for our environment.

About Author

Walter’s contributions to CleanTechies over the past 4 years have been instrumental in growing the publications social media channels via his ongoing editorial and data driven strategies. He is the founder and managing director of Sunflower Tax, a renewable energy tax and finance consultancy based in San Diego, California. Active in the San Diego clean technology community, participating in events sponsored by CleanTech San Diego, EcoTopics, and Cleantech Open San Diego, Walter has also been a presenter at numerous California Center for Sustainability (CCSE) programs. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law where he teaches a course on energy taxation and policy.

1 Comment

  1. Nowadays phone recycling should be made mandatory as the speed at which the people are discarding their old mobile phones is posing risk for the environment. Most of us know what recycling is but I guess we are too lazy to take the initiative. We must do our part in making this planet clean and green.