Recycle Cell Phones, Reduce E-waste

If you have old cell phones at home, don’t throw them away, recycle them!

The following info about the cell phone recycling program is from the City of Woodbury website:

Cell phones are one of the fastest growing forms of electronic waste.  According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average cell  phone life span is about 18 months. Phones are discarded at an alarming  rate of more than 125 million per year, resulting in more than 65,000  tons of waste.

Cell phones contain harmful materials such as lead and cadmium that  are released as phones break down. These materials, which can leach into  soil and drinking water from phones buried in landfills, may cause  cancer and a range of reproductive and developmental disorders, even  when the substances are released in small quantities.

Woodbury Parks and Recreation is partnering with Cellular Recycler  and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to keep cell phones out of the  trash. Phones collected through this program are either recycled for  their precious metals according to EPA standards or are refurbished for  use in developing countries with less advanced cellular technology than  the U.S. During the refurbishing process, the memory of each cell phone  is “flashed” to wipe out any previous information stored on the phone  and allow for reprogramming.

Ninety percent of the proceeds will go toward providing programs and  life-long learning for older adults in the community and 10 percent goes  back to the NCOA to help continue new and innovative ways to provide  fundraising and support senior center initiatives across the country.

Used cell phones can be dropped off in the collection boxes at  Woodbury City Hall, 8301 Valley Creek Road, and at the information desk  inside Central Park, 8595 Central Park Place (adjacent to the YMCA). For  more information, call Woodbury Parks and Recreation at (651) 714-3583.