Only 10 percent of the 140.3 million cell
phones retired in 2007 were recycled.
Of the 2.25 million tons of electronics (TVs,
cell phones, computers, etc) retired in 2007,
82 percent were discarded, mostly to
About 304 million electronics were disposed of
from US households in 2005. Two-thirds of them
If we recycled all of the cell phones retired
each year, we would save enough energy to
power 18,500 homes for a year.
In 2007, 82 percent of retired televisions and
computers were discarded, mostly to
Recycling one million laptops saves enough
energy to power 3,657 American homes in a
Recycling one million cell phones allows
35,274 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver,
75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium
to be recovered.
According to the National Recycling
Institute, 500 million computers became
obsolete in 2007.
In his book Natural Capitalism, Paul
Hawken writes when you discard a
five-pound laptop you are also throwing
away the 20,000 pounds of raw materials it
took to make it. Besides benefiting from
not having to pay for recycling a
computer, donors who donate computer
equipment can receive tax deduction
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Recycling For Charities will recycle and
restore used computer equipment donated by
area businesses and individuals. Our
mission is to have a significant
environmental impact by driving more
unwanted functional computers into the
refurbishing process, and hands of
low-income families and nonprofit
organizations, while minimizing their
effect on landfills, and their
contribution to harmful greenhouse gases.
Used computers in a downsizing or
uncertain economy can offer low cost
alternatives to low income families or
nonprofit organizations, such as schools,
and bridges the digital divide.
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