Cell Phone Recycling 'An Easy Call' for Mobile Phone Industry

Cell Phone Recycling

The nation's leading cell phone makers, service providers and retailers have teamed up with EPA to answer America's call for easy cell phone recycling. The phone recycling effort is part of the agency's Plug-In to eCycling program. Partners supporting the cell phone recycling campaign include AT&T Wireless, Best Buy, LG Electronics, Motorola, Nokia, Office Depot, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Sprint, Staples and T-Mobile.

"Thanks to our Plug-In partners' efforts, recycling an old cell phone has become a quick and easy way for Americans to help protect the environment," said Susan Bodine, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. "By dropping it off at a store or sending it through the mail, Americans have more recycling options today than ever before."

To kick-off the cell phone recycling campaign, the agency released a series of print public service announcements, "Recycle Your Cell Phone. It's An Easy Call," which highlight the convenience and environmental and social benefits of recycling a cell phone. It also introduced a podcast that addresses many common questions on cell phone recycling.

EPA started the cell phone recycling campaign because many consumers still do not know where or how they can recycle unwanted cell phones. Consequently, less than 20 percent of unwanted cell phones are recycled each year.

Cell phone recycling offers an opportunity for everyone to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and conserve natural resources. An estimated 100 million to 130 million cell phones are no longer being used, many languishing in storage.

For more information about the cell phone recycling campaign, visit http://www.epa.gov/cellphone.

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