Comments on: Don’t Let That Used Phone Go To Waste http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/11/dont-let-that-used-phone-go-to-waste/ The EPA Blog Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:15:11 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: Bennie http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/11/dont-let-that-used-phone-go-to-waste/#comment-25141 Fri, 04 Jul 2014 10:01:17 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=22182#comment-25141 Kids do better than us regarding all the latest features of phones and smartphones. I admit too that it is always tempting just looking at those phone advertisements.

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By: Moldoveanu Tudor http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/11/dont-let-that-used-phone-go-to-waste/#comment-25140 Sat, 23 Nov 2013 14:46:26 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=22182#comment-25140 Very interesting and useful tips I think.I read step by step this informations and help me so much.Thank you for this great informations

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By: sarahmb http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/11/dont-let-that-used-phone-go-to-waste/#comment-25139 Thu, 21 Nov 2013 02:05:57 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=22182#comment-25139 This is a really interesting article Linda. Recycling is becoming more important than ever as we realize there are efficient ways to recycle devices, such as cell phones, which the majority of Americans own. As materialistic as we as a society are individuals tend to not keep a cell phone longer than 2 years. With technology further developing I wonder if we will be able to even make all of the devices of the future with the materials we have now or will we run out? Companies need to tell employees along with customers the good recycling devices can do for the environment and for sustainability. Also out of curiosity, do stores determine themselves whether a phone is more beneficial to sell or recycle? Does water damage affect a cell phones ability to be recycled?

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By: ganoderma kafes http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/11/dont-let-that-used-phone-go-to-waste/#comment-25138 Mon, 18 Nov 2013 07:51:40 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=22182#comment-25138 Great Article Linda!!
Thank you very much for this useful article and the comments. I love this site as it contains good materials.

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By: slamet riyadi http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/11/dont-let-that-used-phone-go-to-waste/#comment-25137 Sat, 16 Nov 2013 07:55:32 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=22182#comment-25137 Recycle unused items into useful new stuff would be so beneficial to mankind. If it is not medically dangerous, then we must support the movement to recycle electronic goods such as mobile phones.
Thanks,
Slamet Riyadi

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By: wade http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/11/dont-let-that-used-phone-go-to-waste/#comment-25136 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:12:23 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=22182#comment-25136 As the environmental engineer for our company I am 100% for recycling but also as a mechanical engineer I have to be cost conscious so as to maintain market competitiveness. Figuring the worth of the recovered metals I come up with some $2,250,000. I would say that we would spend several hours (collecting, shipping, sorting, recovering, packaging, reshipping, etc) but if it took only one (1) hour per unit the cost would be somewhere around $20,000,000. My company would go broke at this rate.

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By: Lina-EPA http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/11/dont-let-that-used-phone-go-to-waste/#comment-25135 Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:33:32 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=22182#comment-25135 Thanks for your comments. Here are some additional facts: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/materials/ecycling/donate.htm

Here’s some additional information: http://www.epa.gov/waste/conserve/smm/electronics/index.htm

Lina-EPA

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By: David Stone http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/11/dont-let-that-used-phone-go-to-waste/#comment-25134 Thu, 14 Nov 2013 17:34:19 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=22182#comment-25134 Hi Lina,

Thank you for your helpful article. As an environmental scientist working on material recycling (on an EPA-funded project), I would like to see us go beyond the relatively easy stuff like paper, plastic, and glass. Regarding cell phones and other electronics specifically, besides the metals you mention there is also a scarce mineral I am concerned about: coltan. There has been a lot of coverage about the disturbing social problems that are associated with its supply line, especially in the Congo. Is coltan being recycled? What are the latest environmental and social perspectives on this material?

Thanks,
David

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By: Brian http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/11/dont-let-that-used-phone-go-to-waste/#comment-25133 Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:58:26 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=22182#comment-25133 Great Article Linda,
I was especially interested in your data “Recycling a million cell phones means we can recover 35,000 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium.” Was that an industry average, or is that based on a particular phone: Like an Iphone or Adroid, etc?
Brian

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