Here is a direct quote from a message to me, at work from our AGU Green Team. I thought it was worthy of passing along. Each week we receive a message from our own Green Team.
"Did you know that millions of cell phones reach the end of their life each year? Many of these cell phones are sitting in a drawer gathering dust or are thrown in the trash. Most of these phones can be refurbished and used again especially by soldiers. AT&T, Staples, Fedex, and other electronics companies accept cell phones and usually have drop off boxes in their stores.
Why is this important? Cell phones contain toxic metals and chemicals that are harmful to ground water if not disposed of properly. Recycling phones keeps these chemicals out of the landfill as well as reducing the need for mining and processing of precious metals. For more information on where and how to recycle see http://www.epa.gov/waste/partnerships/plugin/cellphone/index.htm For information on cell phones for soldiers see http://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/"
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