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Recycling cell phones

According to CTIA, over 400 million phones are sold yearly. And, just as PCs have become a growing landfill problem, cell phones are not far behind. Cell phones, like PCs, contain hazardous materials such as lead, lithium ion, and cadmium that, if released in a landfill, could contaminate the soil and groundwater.

Dig your old cell phone out from the junk drawer and recycle it. The Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) is asking cell-phone companies to promote recycling as well as to use recycled products in phones and packaging. So far, AT&T Wireless, Motorola, Nokia, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless are on board for the "Wireless: The New Recyclable" program.

Information about company recycling efforts can be found on Also, AT&T Wireless, Sprint, Cingular, and others will take back old phones, regardless of make or model.

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