Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick

recycle your cell phone

Well, another neat thing about the KU Edwards Campus:

Cell Phone Recycling at KU Edwards Campus

Got an old cell phone sitting in a drawer or closet? Bring it to the KU Edwards Campus and place it in our cell phone recycle box located in REGN copy room or leave it with Lisa at the Regents Center front desk. Working cell phones only.

KU Edwards Campus is running this fundraising recycling program in partnership with experts at Recycling Appeal USA, who will give the American Foundation for Children with Aids around $10 for every cell phone collected.

When cell phones are binned they end up in landfill sites where they can cause pollution – as they slowly break down, chemicals can leak into the surrounding soil. By recycling them, you protect the environment!

Cell Phone Facts
- Of the more than one billion cell phones that are currently used worldwide, an estimated 250 to 300 million are being used in the US.
- The average American cell phone user owns 3 or more handsets.
- The average US consumer only uses their current cell phone for 12 to 18 months.
- Over 70% of Americans do not know that they can recycle their old cell phone.
- In a recent survey, only 2.3% of Americans recycled their old cell phones and 7% threw them in the garbage.
- Cell phones contain precious metals such as gold and silver.
- A total of 500 million used cell phones weighing more than 250,000 tons are estimated to be currently stockpiled, awaiting disposal.
I teach there every Monday night, so if you would like me to donate yours, hand it over and I'll bring it one of these Mondays. Good timing for me, because I just got a new phone and need to dispose of my old one.


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