RECYCLE your old cell phone
Cell phones and other electronic devices also contain hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic and brominated flame retardants. Many of those materials can be recycled and reused; none of them should go into landfills where they can contaminate air, soil, and groundwater
Recycling one million cell phones also saves enough energy to provide electricity to 185 U.S. households for a year.
For every one million cell phones recycled, we can recover 75 pounds of gold, 772 pounds of silver, 33 pounds of palladium, and 35,274 pounds of copper; cell phones also contain tin, zinc, and platinum.
If Americans recycled all of the 130 million cell phones that are tossed aside annually in the United States, we could save enough energy to power more than 24,000 homes for a year.
Recycling just one cell phone saves enough energy to power a laptop for 44 hours.
Only about 10 percent of the cell phones used in the United States are recycled.
Cell Phone Program Public Drop off Locations:
The Solid Waste District collects cell phones from several area businesses and government offices. These locations are open to the public for recycling of cell phones.
*Al's Supermarkets702 E. Lincolnway,La Porte
3535 S. Franklin St.,Michigan City
Karwick Plaza, Michigan City
*FSA-Farm Svcs Agency100 Legacy Place, LaPorte
*Kabelin Ace Hardware512 Andrew Avenue, LaPorte
*Kabelin Ace Hardware432 St. John Street, Michigan City
*Kabelin Ace Hardware605 E. Lincolnway, LaPorte
*La Porte City Hall801 Michigan Avenue, LaPorte
*La Porte County Health DepartmentCounty Complex - 4th Floor, La Porte
*La Porte County Health Department802 W. 8th Street, Michigan City
*Michigan City - City Hall100 E Michigan Blvd, Michigan City
*Old REMC Building114 S Main Street, Wanatah
*Tracy United Methodist Church1702 US Hwy 6, LaPorte
*Solid Waste District2857 W. State Rd. 2, Suite 3, La Porte