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Cell Phone Recycling Q&A



With Mike Newman, Vice President of Recellular

EG: What are you doing to encourage more people to recycle their old phones?
MN: We partner with retailers and levitra order 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 find the cheapest viagra for sale 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 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 www.pjr.com 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 cheap cialis canada 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 trash. Because phones are so small, most people simply put them in a drawer and they collect dust. [Author’s note: This is follow link 5 mg viagra 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 cheap real viagra england 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 levitra generic brand Motoral StarTAC (which debuted in 1996) until just a year or two ago, and we plan on http://www.beverly.org/cheap-cialis-canada 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 delete my entire phone book, history, etc before I tossed by phone into a phone recycle bin.
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Delete
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 data off of my phone before I recycle it but many do not and private data does get stolen. I wish there would be some type of mandated deletion of all information on the phone before it is passed on. I think this is actually a large reason why many do not recycle there phones.
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written by Cheri'-Louise, March 04, 2009
I've been sending my used phones overseas to generic levitra 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 http://cambridgeacademyaz.com/discount-cialis-online phones are being recycled by the occasional person who maybe hadn't thought about it or instructions in every phone user manual ( It was a matter of best way to take cialis 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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Master Reset
written by Jay, March 05, 2009
Most phones should have a 'Master Reset' which returns them to fresh-from-the-factory defaults and http://www.syncom.nl/generic-viagra-mexico wipes your address book and all other data. Google for " master reset".
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written by Jay, March 05, 2009
That's supposed to be " master reset" silly HTML.
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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"

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written by Fred, July 22, 2009
recycling cell phones will be an interesting task to see what becomes of them after
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