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EPA Announces New Cell-phone Recycling Program
Posted By Jennifer van der Meer On January 10, 2008 @ 9:08 pm In green gadgets | 4 Comments
The Consumer Electronics Show  is all about the sizzle of shiny and new, but what happens to your old gadgets when you are ready for an upgrade? This week, the EPA announced  an easy cellphone recycling program partnership with key phone device makers and service providers. The goal: redirect the 130 million cellphones that will be retired this year to a responsible afterlife. Through this partnership, there are multiple mail-in and drop-off opportunities to be reborn through cell phone donation, or recycled with care .
Yet still, the industry pushes out new phones every year designed to last the length of the service contract . On the one hand, we laud the EPA for making cellphone recycling so much easier for consumer. On the other, we wonder if there will ever be an opportunity to design for a longer cell phone life . Maybe you are the late adopter, slow-to-upgrade type, and are still holding your StarTac together with duct tape. But how many of you even remember your phone from four years ago?
Learn more about the EPA program, and the partner companies:
Retailers: Best Buy, Office Depot, and Staples
Device makers: LG Electronics, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/01/10/the-easy-call-from-the-epa/
 Consumer Electronics Show: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/01/07/a-greener-ces-starts-today-in-vegas/
 EPA announced: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/489508efdf85e4f5852573ca0058bb98?OpenDocument
 recycled with care: http://www.epa.gov/cellphone/cell-recycling-locations.htm
 interview with the EPA: http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/osw/conserve/plugin/podcasts/cellpod.htm
 contain enough lead to qualify as hazardous waste: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070416092940.htm
 pushes out new phones every year designed to last the length of the service contract: http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article.cfm?articleid=1536
 to design for a longer cell phone life: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/07/planned_obsoles_1.php
 AT&T: http://www.trycards.com/u/att-phone-cards.html
 Wireless: http://www.trycards.com/prepaid-wireless/
 + EPA: http://www.epa.gov/
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