Don’t Dump Your Phone
Mobile phones continuously improve. While a new phone is exciting, what do you do with your old phone? Recycle it, of course. We’ll make sure all the components of your devices are dealt with properly and responsibly. We have many options available to you to make it easy to do your part for our planet’s health.
Why Do I Need To Recycle My Old Cell Phone?While it is easy to toss an old cellphone in the trash, it is not the best way to dispose of your unwanted electronic device. Mobile phones contain elements that can become harmful to the environment and yourself as they begin to break down. When a phone is left in a landfill, these materials degrade and chemicals leach into the surrounding area, including groundwater, affecting plants, animals, and people. Recycling your old cell phone also helps to conserve and reuse raw materials such as silicon, solder, and rare earth materials. The elements in your old phone can be recycled and used again in other devices.
How To Prepare My Old Cell Phone for RecyclingBefore you turn your phone over to a recycler, ensure that you delete your information. Too many people think that merely erasing contacts or text messages is enough to clear the phone, but motivated people can still find ways to access this information. While it can seem daunting, preparing your phone for recycling or refurbishing is a four-step process:
- Backup personal information: Every phone manufacturer provides a manual with detailed explanations for correctly backing up your data. Find your physical manual or locate one online and follow the appropriate steps.
- Do a factory reset: A factory reset is an effective way to eliminate most of your files and information. A complete reset can eliminate nearly 95% of personal data or more.
- Remove SIM and SD cards: You do not want to leave your SIM card or other storage cards in the phone. Some phones provide additional external slots for SD storage. Your SIM card might be in with the battery.
- Clean the device: Before handing your phone over to a recycler, be sure to clean it. Do not use ammonia-based cleaners, like window cleaners; use alcohol instead.