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How to combat e-waste

How to combat e-waste

4/30/2014

On April 22, people around the world will take the time to celebrate and appreciate our planet in honor of Earth Day. Established in 1970, the holiday serves as a reminder that the Earth is a fragile place and must be protected.

Recycling is among the most commonly practiced and best ways for people to help preserve the planet. Yet many fail to realize that recycling goes beyond leaving glass, metal and plastic products out on the curb for pickup once a week. For example, one of the most important forms of recycling concerns e-waste. E-waste is a serious problem, but electronic recycling efforts and buyback programs can help to turn the tide.

Fighting e-waste by recycling
E-waste refers to all discarded electronic products, including phones, computers, media-playing devices and more. According to Mark Bowles, founder and chief marketing officer of ecoATM, the problems posed by this form of waste are accelerating.

"Electronic waste is the fastest growing segment of our waste stream, and it's a problem that's only getting worse as more and more new phones and tablets are coming to market each year," he said recently.

An ecoATM poll discovered that 57 percent of American device owners have at least one idle cell phone in their possession, and 39 percent have at least two. However, fewer than one-quarter of participants said they have ever recycled a cell phone.

Part of the problem is the simple fact that many consumers are unaware of their e-waste recycling options, or the benefits of such programs. Eighty-six percent of respondents said they realize that recycling is good for the environment and 77 percent said recycling is worth doing, yet fewer than half said they would consider recycling their old electronic gadgets. Critically, only 56 percent of device owners were aware that many cell phone providers offer drop-off bins for recycling these gadgets, while 12 percent thought - incorrectly - that electronic devices can be recycled via curbside recycling bins.

Buyback options
This lack of awareness, combined with the increasing proliferation of electronic products, suggests that more e-waste is on the horizon. Consumers are buying new devices but not recycling their existing ones, and these piles of unused, discarded devices are growing. Recycling e-waste is a powerful means of fighting this unfortunate trend, but only if consumers are aware of their options in this area.

One additional tool that can help in this fight is cell phone buyback programs. These programs provide consumers with the opportunity to not only cut down on e-waste, but also earn some money for their efforts. Companies that buy back cell phones can then refurbish and repurpose these devices. In some cases, they'll be resold, in others, donated to charities that will distribute the phones to those who would otherwise not be able to afford their own devices. This means gadgets that would otherwise become e-waste can find a second life, instead of ending up in a landfill. 

If you are interested in selling one of your old phones, you should consider ProtectCELL's cell phone buyback program. ProtectCELL offers as much as 50 percent back on devices bought within the previous 12 months.

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