On the Fourth Day of Christmas…

My true love gave to me…4 calling birds.

Well, this one just calls out for cell phone recycling doesn’t it?

So, if you are planning on upgrading someone’s phone this Christmas then you need to figure out how to rid yourself of that old one. Not being a cell phone aficianodo myself, (we only use our cell phone occasionally) I may miss some of the obvious ways to recycle phones that I don’t know about and if you know of some I have left out, by all means let me know and I will add it later.

A printed circuit board inside a mobile phone

Image via Wikipedia

To start off, cell phones contain precious metals, copper and plastics all which use energy to produce and by recycling the items you can keep these substances out of the landfill and they can be turned into a new item.

According to the EPA‘s site, recycling one million cell phones saves enough energy to power more than 185 US households with electricity for a year.

I know of these ways to recycle phones right off the top of my head,

EPA’s site also has a great list of companies to take phones to.

You want to make sure that you have erased all the information from your phone so that you don’t get surprised in the future. There is a great “how to” for erasing your phone at Wireless, the new recyclable. And of course, cell phones are just one of the many electronic devices creating eWaste into the environment. eWaste is everything electronic from cell phones to our computers. Because the technology goes out of date so quickly, we are replacing these gadgets at incredible speeds. I am on my third laptop in about 10 years. eBay has partnered with the Rethink Initiative to help bring old computers to new homes and to help you to recycle old electronic devices so that they don’t end up in the waste stream. So make a New Year’s resolution to gather up all those old electronic devices and look for a new home for them whether as a donation to someone in need or to a bin where they will be taken apart and put to more good use.

Can you hear me now?