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Reducing the Ecological Impact From Cell Phones

I can't seem to not feel guilty when I throw out a banana peel, let alone a cell phone — which is probably why I have six old cell phones hiding in my closet! Thankfully the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just announced a cell-phone recycling program partnership with popular service providers, retailers, and device makers like LG Electronics, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson.


According to Inhabitant, the EPA is hoping that the 130 million cell phones that will be thrown away this year will be recycled or reborn through cell-phone donation. With multiple mail-in and drop-off opportunities, the goal is to eliminate the need to create entirely new phones and therefore reduce the amount of hazardous waste like copper, nickel, antimony, and zinc leaching into landfills. Find out how you can get involved in this program.

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