Recycle My Cell Phone


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Environmental Group Launches Cellphone Recycling Website

Paul Darin | Epoch Times

October 30, 2012
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Following the launch of the iPhone 5 in late September, Earthworks, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting communities and the environment formerly known as Mineral Policy Center, followed up with the launch of its “Recycle My Cell Phone” website, which helps mobile consumers and the environment by keeping cellphones out of landfills and helps to conserve precious minerals.

Throwing an old cellphone into the trash, the most likely end to any cellphone, over time leads to the leaching of hazardous chemicals like lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, and other rare earth elements into the soil and groundwater. In some areas that incinerate their trash, these toxins could quickly find their way into our atmosphere.

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Use Care in Disposing of Your Old Cell Phone

Consumer Affairs | Mark Huffman

October 16, 2012

Whether you are lining up to buy a new iPhone 5 or one of its many competitors, you then have the problem of what to do with your old cell phone. The last thing you should do is simply throw it away.

Not only are there toxic materials in these devices that should not go into a landfill, there is sensitive information that you should keep out of the hands of people who might misuse it.

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Cell phones for flowers

Examiner | Douglas Canter

April 18, 2012
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Hilary Lewis, an Earthworks staffer, sits behind a folding table under an open tent in Farragut Square Park. She wraps a yellow blanket around her shoulders, and she waits with two Golden Triangle employees for the next person to venture into the park on this rainy day to trade their used cell phone for potted daffodils.

It's April 18, 2012, the second of a two-day flowers-for-phones recycling drive by Earthworks, a DC-based national environmental advocacy group, and the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District, a non-profit private downtown DC business development corporation. "We got 110 cell phones yesterday," Hilary says, "and we usually get more on the second day."

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Recycle cellphones at Carlucci’s office

March 15, 2012
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State Sen. David Carlucci, D-New City, will host a continuing cellphone collection program at his district office at 95 S. Middletown Road, Nanuet.

Carlucci has partnered with Earthworks, an environmental nonprofit organization, to take part in its cellphone recycling campaign, which seeks to increase the rate of cell phone recycling among consumers.

Residents may drop off their unwanted electronics, including chargers and cases. For more information, call 845-623-3627 or email

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