Recycle that old cell phone!

Friday, January 30, 2009
Did you know that only 2.3% of Americans recycle their cell phones but that 90% of Americans reported they would recycle their cell phones if there was an easy way to do it?

Go Green for Schools is a new and innovative cell phone recycling initiative brought to you by Qwest. By recycling your cell phone with Qwest, you keep unused cell phones out of landfills and reduce green house gas emissions. This recycling program also helps raise money for public school districts and preK-12 educational initiatives.

Think you're doing good by allowing your children to play with your old cell phones rather than dumping them into a landfill? Well, you're not. Cell phones contain toxins including antimony, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, copper, lead, nickel, and zinc. They are persistent toxins, meaning they linger in the environment for long periods of time without breaking down. These persistent and bio accumulative toxins have been associated with cancer and a wide range of reproductive, neurological, and developmental disorders.

Think about that next time you trade in your cell phone for a newer, sleeker model.

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