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Cell Phone Recycling Q&A

With Mike Newman, Vice President of how to get cialis no prescription Recellular

EG: What are you doing to encourage more people to recycle their old phones?
MN: We partner with retailers and generic levitra canadian wireless carriers. For example, at Best Buy, there’s a huge bin right when you walk in – you can just dump your phone in. Some carriers will give you a prepaid envelope to drop in the mail.

EG: Why not provide a curbside service?

MN: Then the cell phones would get wet. Plus, you don’t want to put your personal information out on there in the open like that.

EG: How do you sort through the viagra sale prices phones at your facility?
MN: Five years ago, there was literally a big table where we sorted them by hand. Now, scanning the bar code in each phone tells our employees where to sort it.

EG: How many phones are we talking?

MN: We go through half a million phones each month, and we’ve been growing steadily each year.

EG: Do you guys actually recycle the raw materials of the phone?
MN: No, we refurbish them. Most of the time the phones are working perfectly fine. Plus, the materials themselves aren’t worth much – there’s about 75 cents worth of metal in a given phone and you get about 50 cents for a pound of battery material. Not a great business when you’re paying two dollars just to cover the shipping. If the phone is completely unusable we do send it to a local recycler.

EG: What happens to most cell phones out there?

MN: Out of all the phones that are retired (i.e. they still work, but their owner has moved onto a newer device), less than 20% are recycled. But that doesn’t mean that 80% are thrown into the cialis sale buy trash. Because phones are so small, most people simply put them in a drawer and they collect dust. [Author’s note: This is true. I have two phones, dating back to 2004, with this exact status.]

EG: Do you do your work outside the US and Canada as well?

MN: We do, but there are cultural differences that need to be considered. First of all, in many developing countries, when someone retires a phone he gives it to a friend or relative who doesn’t have one yet. But there are other things, too. In Brazil, for example, the mail slots aren’t big enough for our envelopes, and in some places people wouldn't trust the postal service not to steal the phone. You have to approach the issue slightly differently.

EG: Which phones sell the best used?
MN: The rule of thumb is, if it sells well new it sells well used, and for a long time. We were selling the Motoral StarTAC (which debuted in 1996) until just a year or two ago, and we plan on selling Razrs for a long time.

Image via Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality

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Delete All
written by mike jones, March 04, 2009
Cell phones should have a "Delete All" menu choice.
It took me about 25 minutes to viagra from canadian pharmacy delete my entire phone book, history, etc before I tossed by phone into a phone recycle bin.
written by Brennan, March 04, 2009
I agree with Mike Jones above. I use technology daily to a pretty high degree so I know how to dump the follow link cialis without prescription data off of my phone before I recycle it but many do viagra pharmacy not and private data does get stolen. I wish there would be some type of mandated deletion of all information on no perscription female cialis next day the phone before it is levitra on line passed on. I think this is actually a large reason why many do not recycle there phones.
written by Cheri'-Louise, March 04, 2009
I've been sending my used phones overseas to Soldiers for a few years now.
hopefully they're getting the word on this means of recycling them as they arrive back home and purchase newer models. I also delete my info before releasing the unit into the wild unknown! thanks for the info and encouragement. And yes Brennan, With our grip on technology it stands to reason, taking into consideration the need for strict guidelines, that there is a way to have mandated deletion as the phones are being recycled by the how to get levitra in canada occasional person who maybe hadn't thought about it or instructions in every phone user manual ( It was a matter of deduction for myself as to how to do the deletion and I was still a little unsure that the info was truly deleted forever so I would send my phones across the world with a
prayer! )
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written by Jay, March 05, 2009
Most phones should have a 'Master Reset' which returns them to generic viagra overnight fresh-from-the-factory defaults and wipes your address book and all other data. Google for " master reset".
written by Jay, March 05, 2009
That's supposed to be " master reset" silly HTML.
written by Jay, March 05, 2009
Moderator: This stupid web form is stripping angle brackets, even if I use amp-el-tee-semicolon. Let's try square brackets...

"[make] [model] master reset"

written by Fred, July 22, 2009
recycling cell phones will be an interesting task to see what becomes of viagra in canada them after
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written by Willi Paul, September 09, 2009
Nice article.

Acting local is what bartering is all about.

Have you bartered any old stereo components or that Sunday school ties collection lately?"

Seek and you shall reap the rewards:

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