Cell Phone Recycling
The average American replaces their lost, broken or out-dated cell phone every 18 months. Based on this current replacement rate there are over 300 million cell phones each year that will have reached their End of Life. 75% of these old phones sit in drawers collecting dust because we think we may need them, are unsure how to dispose of them or are concerned about data security with them. Cell phones are made up of many precious metals, copper, and plastics-all of which require energy to mine and manufacture. If we as individuals learn to recycle our cells phones it will help our environment save energy and keep these reusable materials out of landfills.
Less than 20% of cell phones are recycled or sent back to the manufacturers in a year. If each person chose to recycle their cell phone they would in turn choose to save money and energy spent on the mining of the various minerals consumed during the manufacturing process of mobile phones. In addition, if these devices end up in landfills eventually the land will become contaminated by toxic materials present from the units. When landfilled, exposure risks of dangerous chemicals pose hazardous threats to our air, water and land.
It is now up to us to ensure that these potential risks never take place by doing the right thing and recycling. If you have an old cell phone that needs an End of Life home Elgin Recycling can ensure that it gets recycled responsibly. We care about ensuring that all materials which pass through our doors are handled in the most environmental friendly and safe manner.
If you are concerned about data security, please ensure you take a few simple steps toward eliminating risk prior to recycling with us. Please make sure the service has been terminated on the device and any data has been erased. To ensure that your personal information is properly erased you can manually delete all information and remove the SIM card from the mobile phone. If you are unsure how to delete your information contact your service provider or phone manufacturer for instructions.
Elgin Recycling & Scrap Metal accepts all types of cell phones within our mobile device recycling platform. We are happy to help reduce your environmental footprint by recycling your mobile device with us today.
Elgin Recycling & Scrap Metal filters all E-scrap from our four recycling centers through our R2 certified electronics recycling division (West Dundee, IL) ensuring that your electronics are handled safely and securely.