The second recycling opportunity involves that mobile phone you just replaced. Don’t hold onto it, and definitely, DON”T THROW IT AWAY. We have a new mobile phone recycling kiosk on the 1st floor common area by the Bookstore Brew. You can recycle your personal mobile phone devices here, as well as chargers, phone holsters and manuals – it can all go into one bin and it is responsibly dismantled and the parts reused for other manufacturing. You check out more on the program at The Wireless Alliance.
Where in Harvard Square can you see mobile phones from Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint in one place? When they’re recycled, of course. They have come together in the basement of the Science Center, where the FAS Green Program has installed a new cell phone recycling bin.
The bin was donated to the University by The Wireless Alliance, an organization that collects used cell phones for refurbishment, reuse, or recycling. The average cell phone is only used for about eighteen months, and it is estimated that over 150 million cell phones will be thrown away this year alone. Those cell phones make their way to landfills, where toxic materials can leak out from the phones into groundwater, endangering local environments and the people that live in them.
All handsets collected next week will be sent to The Wireless Alliance, a cell phone recycling company in Boulder, Colo. Older units will be melted down for the metal. Newer ones will be refurbished and resold — but first they’ll be wiped clean, says company spokesman Andrew Bates.