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How to Stop Cell Phone E-Waste

Manufacturers can take steps to lessen cell phone waste, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News. Customers will buy more than 1.8 billion new cell phones by the end of this year, and they’ll recycle only 3 percent of them. Alex Scott, a senior editor at C&EN, notes … Read more »

Greenpeace: Tech Giants Still Using Hazardous Chemicals

Greenpeace: Tech Giants Still Using Hazardous Chemicals

Samsung, Sony and Panasonic are among the technology companies still using hazardous chemicals such as polyvinylchloride and brominated flame retardants in their products, according to a report by Greenpeace. While there has been some progress in recent years, the report shows that a number of leading consumer electronics companies are … Read more »

Cell Phone Recycling Revenue to Increase

Revenue for the cell phone recycling industry is estimated to increase until 2019, according to a recently updated report from IBISWorld. The industry is being fueled by growing cell phone ownership, the emergence of smartphone technologies and rapid rates of mobile phone replacement rates. According to the EPA, between 130 … Read more »

Cash Gets Customers to Recycle Mobile Phones

When it comes to mobile phone recycling programs, consumers want cash, according to a Compass Intelligence report. “Mobile Phone Reuse and Recycling Survey: Understanding Consumer Behavior” finds cash is the biggest incentive in recycling phones, but very few recycling programs offer cash. In 2011, less than 11 percent of respondents … Read more »

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Sprint Sets World Record for Cell Phone Recycling

Sprint has broken the world record for the number of cellular phones recycled in one week — 103,582 cell phones, more than double the previous record — as certified by Guinness World Records. The audited count took place the week of Earth Day and did not feature any special promotions. … Read more »

AT&T Breaks Cell Phone Recycling Record

By recycling 50,942 devices during a one-week period, AT&T customers broke the world record for collecting the most wireless devices in a week, as certified by Guinness World Records. In 2011, AT&T collected about three million cell phones for reuse and recycling and, thanks in part to its new trade-in … Read more »

iPhone 5 Less Toxic than Samsung Galaxy S III

iPhone 5 Less Toxic than Samsung Galaxy S III

Apple’s recently-released iPhone 5 contains smaller amounts of toxic chemicals than its main smartphone rival the Samsung Galaxy S III, according to research by ifixit.org. In the study, which was conducted with the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center in conjunction with ifixit.com and HealthyStuff.org, researchers pulled 36 phones apart and put … Read more »

AT&T Launches Cell Phone Eco-Rating System

AT&T has launched its eco-ratings system in stores, allowing customers to compare cell phones’ environmental impacts. The rating system – which has been developed in collaboration with sustainable business strategists BSR – rates mobile devices on 15 specific criteria in five categories: hazardous substances, environmentally preferable materials, product energy efficiency, end … Read more »