Old Cell Phone Recycling Solutions

November 30, 2019
Cell phone with the recycling symbol on the screen
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In this episode of The Tech Ranch, The Guru of Geek, Marlo Anderson, and Jim Walsh discuss the importance of recycling an old cell phone. Properly disposing of outdated electronic equipment is important because they can contain toxic chemicals that leach into groundwater. According to EPA.gov, recycling them also helps to recover valuable resources. “For every million cell phones we recycle, 35 thousand pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered.” Check local listings for electronic recycling options near you.

Later, they explore several creative alternatives to make use of an old cell phone:

  • Turn it into a Nintendo Gameboy
  • Universal remote
  • Google home device (w/ a bluetooth speaker)
  • Home security camera
  • Baby monitor
  • Remote mouse
  • Music player
  • Emergency phone
  • Alarm clock
  • Vehicle tracking system
  • Connect to a scientific research network

Alternatively, an old cell phone that is still in good working order can also be donated to Cell Phones for Soldiers. Since 2004, they have recycled more than 20 million phones. Not only does this help out America’s soldiers, it also reduces the impact on landfills. Check out their website for more information or to find a drop-off location near you.

Episode Recorded Aug 12, 2019

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