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Earth911 Quiz #54: Are You a Mobile Phone Recycling Expert?

The mobile phone has become an indispensable tool of modern life, and new models appear every year like automobiles in the 20th century. Old phones can pile up in the home or be recycled for cash, traded in on another phone, and sent through a variety of recycling programs to recapture the valuable metals and materials they contain. Do you know how to handle your phone’s end-of-life recycling?

 

Earth911 Quiz #54: Are You A Mobile Phone Recycling Expert?

 


The mobile phone has become an indispensable tool of modern life, and new models appear every year like automobiles in the 20th Century. Old phones can pile up in the home or be recycled for cash, traded in on another phone, and sent through a variety of recycling programs to recapture the valuable metals and materials they contain. Do you know how to handle your phone’s end-of-life recycling?

 

Every week, Earth911.com challenges you with quizzes that test your sustainability savvy and help you make environmentally friendly choices when you shop, use products, and dispose of unwanted items.

How much copper is in a million cell phones?

 

There is more gold in a ton of recycled phones than a ton of raw gold ore. Mobile phones are full of value, making them easy to recycle. How much copper, the most widely used metal in phones, can be recovered from a million discarded phones?

Do mobile phones go in curbside blue bins?

 

The mobile phone is such a valuable recyclable that there is a robust market for old phones. Do municipal curbside programs accept cell phones?

How should personal data be protected when recycling a phone?

 

Your phone is a proxy for your interaction with the world and can carry valuable personal information. What is the best way to prepare a phone for safe, confidential recycling?

Do all major mobile phone makers recycle their products?

 

When you purchase your phone, ask if the manufacturer has a recycling program in place to take back the phone at the end of its life. Do all major phone manufacturers have such programs?

In how many U.S. states is it illegal to throw away a mobile phone?

 

Even though they have lots of value, many old phones are tossed out without recycling. How many U.S. states currently ban phones from landfills?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making smart sustainable choices requires practice. Earth911’s weekly sustainability quiz helps you hone your ability to recognize earth-friendly products and services. Through your daily choices — from transportation mode to purchases to waste disposal — you can make a positive difference.

This quiz was originally published on March 21, 2019.

 

 

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