Sonoma County’s recycling laws are geared towards eliminating landfill disposal of electronics and other “universal waste” such as batteries, fluorescent lamps, and other devices that contain mercury, lead, cadmium, and copper. Section AB 2901(2004) Cell Phone Recycling specifically requires retailers who sell mobile phones to take back used ones for recycling. But many people don’t turn their old phones in, saving them “just in case.”
When you donate those unused cell phones, though, you can do a world of good. Junk King of Sonoma can pick up and donate all your discarded electronics, including phones, so you can feel good about doing your part for the environment and for others in need.
Why Donate Cell Phones
It’s said that most people like to get rid of their current cell phone every two years or so, when a better model makes its appearance. Since globally more than 5 billion people own cell phones, that means an enormous number of discarded devices. In the U.S. alone, over 400,000 cell phones enter landfills or incinerators every day.
Donating, recycling, or repurposing old cell phones helps save energy, conserve natural resources, protect our waterways, and keeps both reusable and toxic materials out of local landfills.
- Donating just one cell phone saves enough energy to power a laptop for over 40 hours!
- If Americans recycled or donated those unused cell phones mentioned above, there would be enough energy saved to power more almost 25,000 homes for a year.
- Recycle 1 million cells phones and you can provide electricity to 185 households for a year.
- A pile of 1 million donated cell phones contains 75 pounds of gold, over 35,000 pounds of copper, and 775 pounds of silver.
- Toxic materials can also be recycled and reused, but if they make their way to a landfill, they contaminate the air, soil, and groundwater.
How Junk King of Sonoma Can Help
Junk King of Sonoma has from the start been committed to providing the area’s best green junk removal service. We understand that busy people like you may find it easier to dump your e waste rather than search for a location to donate it.
Our crews offer quick and easy pickup of your e waste anywhere in the greater Sonoma area. We recycle and donate cell phones along with other electronics like computers, monitors, televisions, printers, and more.
Junk King and a Sustainable Future
At Junk King of Sonoma, we know you have plenty of options when choosing an e waste disposal service. Of course, we believe hiring the area’s most reliable removal firm (us!) is your best choice. We’re extremely proud of our reputation for eco-friendly disposal practices; when you work with our friendly teams, you can rest easy knowing your donated cell phones won’t end up in a landfill. We’re also fully insured and offer easy online booking.
The next time you get a new cell phone, don’t throw the old one in a drawer or in the trash can. Recycle or donate it and do your part for creating a more sustainable planet. To learn more about how to donate cell phones or to arrange for a pick up, contact us today.