Obvious fact: it takes a lot out of the environment to manufacture products that we enjoy every day. Recycling—substituting scrap for virgin materials—conserves natural resources and reduces the amount of waste that goes into landfills. It also reduces pollution and the demand for energy.
Overlooked fact: you should be recycling your cell phones too. If you haven’t already thought of it, this is your chance. The lifecycle of your cell has shortened over the years thanks to the increased demand for cutting edge technology.
Fun fact: 96% of materials in an average mobile device can be recycled. Cell phones contain precious metals (extracted from the earth) that can be recycled to make new products rather than mining for more.
How to reuse/recycle your cell phone in Kitsilano:
So next time, before you think of throwing your mobile device in the garbage, recycle it. There are over 3,000 drop off locations across Canada. Here’s a list of places where you can drop off your cell phone for recycling in Kitsilano. Or, if you’re in need of funds, sell your mobile device on a local Vancouver classifieds site.
Infographic credit: Kijiji.ca
Last modified: April 22, 2013