Each year, 130 million mobile devices are discarded. Only 20% of these devices are reused or properly recycled; a significant number instead turn up in landfills. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, e-waste in the U.S. is growing at an annual rate of 8%.
The Environmental Impact
& Recycling Solutions
“Every year, 130 million mobile devices
are discarded; while only 20% of them
are reused or properly recycled.”
The Number of Cellphones
Produced Each Year
Time Frame in Which Consumers
Upgrade Their Phones
8The Amount of Annual Growth of Growth
of E-Waste in the US (According to the EPA)
The Amount of E-Waste that is
Currently Reused or Recycled
A large portion of “e-waste”
isn’t waste at all,
and is actually reusable or recyclable.
Due to the relatively new issue of e-waste
disposal, many countries do not yet have
protocols on the topic.
Consequently, when these electronics and
mobile devices are improperly disposed,
their toxic chemicals like Chlorine, Lead,
Mercury and Bromine leak into the
Whether dumped or burned, the disposal
process releases hydrocarbons into the air
of nearby communities and leaches toxins
into the soil and ground water - the water
These chemicals, therefore, seep into grasses, herbs, trees,
vegetables and other crops - hazardous to animals and humans.
Many side effects of these toxins include coughing, vomiting,
inflammation of lungs, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath,
thyroid problems and even fatalities.
It’s Your Environment & Your Health that’s at Stake….
"This is a global issue,
and it seems to be getting worse
with every day that passes by."
What are the benefits of
recycling your mobile phone?
"Since nearly all parts of cellphones can
be recycled, cellphone recycling
has the ability to reduce the
exploitation of natural resources to
make new cell phones."
Recycling 100 Million smartphones can also save 2 KW of energy.
That’s the same as powering 25,000 homes for a full year!
The refurbishing process consumes less energy than
manufacturing brand new cellphones from new materials.
Nearly ALL parts of cellphones can be recycled and reused to make new
cellphones while reducing electronic waste and preserving rare earth metal.
• 100% of cellphones contain high amounts of precious
meatls like gold, silver and copper
• For every 1 Million cellphones that are recycled, close
to 40,000 lbs in precious metals can be recovered
• $60 Million in Gold, Silver and Copper could be saved
from being dumped improperly every year in the U.S.
Secondhand or refurbished cellphones are less expensive than brand new
• Economical alternatives to those with low incomes
• Access to emerging markets who otherwise
• Business opportunities for carriers & retailers to
resell, rent or lease used phones
• Leverage for end users to buyback or trade-in
There are many ways you can
promote ethical e-waste disposal:
If you can’t reuse
the device, the best
option is to send it to
an e-waste recycler to
handle it correctly.
Someone else could
benefit greatly from your
old device, if it is still in
working order. Consider
selling it or donating it.
Another option is to
refurbish the product. You
could take the components
from your item and reuse
them for something else.
Read More about HYLA Mobile’s
Trade-in Program and Where You Fit In at
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