Recycling Cell Phones: Scrap Metal Treasure Trove

At Scrap Metal Recycling NJ, we are concentrating on ways you can recycle all your Cell phone scrap metal recycling njmetals, what, where and how.   How will recycling help us in NJ?  Well, besides keeping out hazardous materials from leaking into our land, it will bring you money also!

There is lots of recycling centers in NJ that will offer you cash, even pick up your scrap metal recycling, from electronics such as cell phones, computers, laptops and more.
Read more about how much sales have increased in the U.S, and in NJ scrap metal recycling is going through the roof!

By Daniel E. Sullivan

This U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Fact Sheet examines the potential value of recycling the metals found in obsolete cell phones.

Cell phones seem ubiquitous in the United States and commonplace throughout most of the world. There were approximately 1 billion cell phones in use worldwide in 2002. In the United States, the number of cell phone subscribers increased from 340,000 in 1985 to 180 million in 2004.

Worldwide, cell phone sales have increased from slightly more than 100 million units per year in 1997 to an estimated 779 million units per year in 2005. Cell phone sales are projected to exceed 1 billion units per year in 2009, with an estimated 2.6 billion cell phones in use by the end of that year.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimated that, by 2005, as many as 130 million cell phones would be retired annually in the United States. The nonprofit organization INFORM, Inc., anticipated that, by 2005, a total of 500 million obsolete cell phones would have accumulated in consumers’ desk drawers, store rooms, or other storage, awaiting disposal. Typically, cell phones are used for only 1-1/2 years before being replaced.

Less than 1 percent of the millions of cell phones retired and discarded annually are recycled. When large numbers of cell phones become obsolete, large quantities of valuable metals end up either in storage or in landfills. The amount of metals potentially recoverable would make a significant addition to total metals recovered from recycling in the United States and would supplement virgin metals derived from mining.

As of this date, we all need to  help stop the toxin-laden electronics business.  If we can stop clogging up our landfills and polluting air and groundwater supplies from every area in the U.S, we will have keep our environment green and clean! 

Some other resources that might help you know how and where to recycle cell phones:

Recycling NJ Cell Phones
A How To: Cell Phone Recycling

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