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The tech-industry is fast-paced and constantly changing. It’s common for the average American to change their electronics almost every year to keep up with newer models. But what happens to your old devices? If you’re anything like me, you have a weird junk drawer of bits and parts tucked away in your bedroom. It’s not that we enjoy hoarding old tech like human chipmunks, most of the time we just don’t know what else to do with it.
Toxicity in Landfills
So what happens to old cellphones, headsets, and other pieces of e-waste when they are thrown away? When a piece of e-waste is not recycled properly, it will end up in a landfill. This is terrible for the environment because their components are toxic and non- biodegradable. That means that not only do they generate permanent waste, they also poison the earth’s air and soil. It's a lose-lose situation. The volume of e-waste has been rising significantly over the past ten years. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is estimated that between 20 and 50 million tons of e-waste gets generated worldwide annually. In that, there are roughly 416,000 cellphones disposed of each day. Unfortunately, the EPA believes that only 15-20 percent of all e-waste is recycled.
Okay, so we have a lot of e-waste but what makes it toxic? E-waste contains lead, mercury, cadmium, and other potentially harmful chemicals. When left in landfills, over time these chemicals poison the surrounding air and soil. A study published in the Environmental Research Letters indicates a link between e-waste in landfills and the development of serious respiratory issues in residents of the surrounding areas. By throwing away our cellphones, we are poisoning both the earth and our own lungs. What does that mean for us? We’re basically looking at a future that is similar to the plot of Wall-E. We’re talking pillars of toxic trash and a complete depletion of natural resources, minus the cute robots and the human race surviving on a spaceship. But don’t be alarmed, this fate isn’t set in stone and there are things you can do right now to help make an environmental change!
How to Recycle Your Phone
That’s where we come in. Go Talk LLC offers a Recycle Your Phone feature, where you trade in your used phones in an eco-friendly way and make a profit while doing so! As a company, we are working towards a better future for our planet by striving to limit e- waste and advocating for environmental preservation. We are committed to refurbishing used phones to create a more sustainable future for the quickly-changing tech industry. Recycling e-waste through Go Talk LLC not only helps limit the waste in landfills, it also recycles natural resources like copper and aluminum, all while preventing air, soil, and water pollution.
Have a phone you’d like to recycle? Visit our Recycle Your Phone page. Simply select your phone’s model, memory, and condition and make up to $415 in trade-in value. You can organize your junk drawer and put cash in your pocket, all while protecting this little planet we call home. Loving technology and loving the planet do not have to be mutually exclusive. Let’s work together to make technology sustainable and enjoyable for many generations to come. After all, what’s better than getting paid to save the planet?