Well, it’s two days after Earth Day and people have smoothly transitioned back into their old, wasteful ways. Faucets are running, empty rooms are illuminated and junk drawers are fully stocked with old electronic devices.

Let’s make Earth Day everyday!

Recycling old cell phones and electronics should be second nature, as they are extremely detrimental to our environment.

Our mobile devices can do more than merely make a call or send a text. Now, we can talk to them, share just about anything with the tap of a touch-screen and store as much or more information on them than a computer.

However, our relationship with these electronics that, for some, store our whole lives is not a long-term one.

According to figures provided by the U.S. EPA in an Environmental Protection article, “141 million mobile devices were ready for their end-of-life management,” but only 11.7 million were collected for recycling.

Tiny but toxic

Similar to any other electronic, mobile devices require precious metals, copper, glass, plastic and other materials that take massive amounts of energy to extract and process. If not recycled responsibly they cause irreparable harm to the environment.

Fortunately, R2 certified ITAD organizations and mobile asset disposition experts like HOBI International can recover these precious materials to be used in new products.

The U.S. EPA estimates that recycling 1 million mobile phones reclaims 35,274 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium.”

Not ready for the end

Mobile phones have an active life of about 18 months if they’re lucky. Typically consumers ditch the old model for an updated one with newer features. Used but not useless, these unwanted electronics can easily be traded, donated or be utilized in a buyback program with mobile asset disposition professionals who will responsibly recycle them.

Here’s a quick run down of what happens at certified electronics recycling facilities: as devices are shipped to the facility, each is thoroughly inspected to determine usability. Working devices will be properly refurbished and remarketed. Ones that are broken beyond repair are taken apart, valuable materials separated and responsibly recycled.

Don’t mess with data security

Bring your own device (BYOD) programs have lead to enormous amounts of data being stored on one single device and can be accessed by the tap of a screen.

Not only is your personal identity at risk of being stolen when carelessly tossing your old mobile device, but your company’s valuable data is at stake.

To enhance data security, follow these simple steps prior to sending your phone to a mobile asset disposition expert.

  • Backup the data you want to keep

  • Contact your wireless carrier to terminate your service

  • Delete stored information from the phone by following device-specific instructions

  • Remove the SIM card and shred it

Read more about the benefits of mobile asset disposition by an R2 certified recycler.