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8 Ways to Go Green with Mobile Phone Recycling or with SIM Only Deals

If you’re in the market for a new mobile phone or a new mobile phone provider, there are a couple things you might want to consider. According to the EPA, an estimated 2.25 million tons of highly toxic electronic waste ends up in landfills yearly. Also, some of the new phones are greener than others. Lastly, you might consider a SIM only upgrade if changing carriers.

So, what’s the best way to go green when upgrading your mobile equipment?

  1. Mobile Phone Recycling: If you’ve decided to purchase a new mobile phone, recycle the old one! Mobile phone recycling is one of the best ways to keep your old equipment out of the landfill. There are a few different ways you can do this.
  2. Sell your old mobile phone: There are websites for the purchase and sale of used phones like Reusetek used cell phones that can easily be found through a search engine. The companies will refurbish the phone and erase your data, and sell the phone, usually to someone in a developing country. You can cash in your old equipment, and make sure it ends up in the hands of someone who needs it who probably can’t afford something new and shiny. You can then use the cash towards your new purchase.
  3. Donate your old mobile phone: There are many charitable organizations that will accept a cell phone donation. A couple examples are Cell Phones for Soldiers and The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. You might also check and see if one of your local churches or civic groups collects old mobile phones for use by someone in need within your community.
  4. Recycle your mobile phone: Many of the big electronic chain stores have bins out where you can simply drop in your unwanted mobile phone. What could be easier? Radio Shack, Best Buy, Office Depot and Staples are some of the chains participating in mobile phone recycling programs. You might also consider using a local freecycle group, many of which can be found online through Make sure you remove your Sim card before recycling.
  5. SIM Only Deals: If you are switching mobile service providers check to see if the mobile service providers you are considering offer a SIM only upgrade, which most of the larger carriers do these days. This will allow you to continue using the equipment you already own with your new service provider. SIM only deals are well suited to a smartphone you’ve already programmed to your liking may have an expensive phone such as an iPhone or Blackberry that you wish to keep and a new mobile phone might actually be a step backwards instead of forwards. Reusing your present handset uses fewer raw materials which is great for the environment and saves you money too.
  6. Buy Greener: When considering new phones, take these points into consideration and you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint, and helping to make the world a cleaner place.
  7. Consider energy use when buying a new phone: Does the phone you’re considering offer a charger that uses renewable energy such as solar or kinetic energy? You can also compare mobile phones online for their energy footprint and buy the one that uses the least energy when you need to charge using a power outlet.
  8. Consider the ecological track record of the manufacturer: Voting for a greener world with your wallet is the best way to ensure that companies will be encouraged to improve their manufacturing practices with the environment in mind.

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  1. John

    January 18, 2011 at 2:11 am

    I like the idea of going green with mobile phone recycling. Thanks for the tip on using a SIM only upgrade. Reusing my present handset is something I can see myself doing. When I got rid of my last phone I just removed my sim card and put it in the recycle bin of Best Buy. Thanks for sharing these tips.

  2. Wholesale Suppliers

    January 18, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Going green with mobile is great idea specially that tip for buying phone and reducing carbon footprint, i think these tips are the most useful piece of content that one can find on techsling.

  3. silpada

    January 18, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    You have shared a great information related to the mobiles. I think it is the best act to donate your mobile to the charitable organizations.

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    January 19, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Great idea admin. Recycling is one way that we can contribute to our mother nature and I like this blog because it gives people an idea on how to reuse or recycle their mobile phones. Thanks a lot admin, for this nice blog. Keep posting and continue to share informative articles to us readers.

  5. Android mobile application

    January 21, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Just today i have watched the video about sun-powered charger for iPhone. I’m sure the are the alike devices for other phonees, all you need is to google. Green is in fashion now.

  6. Laura

    April 17, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Recycling electronic waste is something that needs to be really taken more seriously globally and this is definitely a move in the right direction. Electronic waste has always been a problem but the massive popularity of mobile phones has gone as far as possibly doubling the problem with handsets been the #1 irresponsibly disposed of electronic item in the world and the quantity disposed of is set to almost double over the next 3 years as people are now encouraged to upgrade much more often and also have more than a single handset.

  7. Brain

    February 21, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Mobile Recycling is really one of the best way to keep the environment green as I have seen many throwing their old useless mobile phones in dump instead those should be recycled. I will suggest mobile companies should come ahead to undertake this activity as their responsibility towards the society.

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