Importance Of Recycling Mobile Phones by: David Bruce
Today along with plastic, nuclear and chemical waste mankind is facing problem with e-waste. The main culprit of the e-waste is the mobile phones. Now the need of the time is recycling of the mobile phones. E-waste can be combined with computers and other electronic devices, but mobile phones are giving a strong competition among them. Every landfills and city dumps are filled with mobile phones that carry deadly hazardous materials like chromium, lead and nickel. They are capable of causing serious damage to our environment and underground water. Many people throw their mobile phones away after they become old and damaged. This is because they are not aware of the recycling of mobile phones.
As far as recycling is concerned, a survey reveals only below 3% of the world population gives their mobile phones for recycling. The long lists of buyers get richer when compared to the list of donors for recycling. Recycling simply means extracting the materials from the mobile phones and brings them to use again instead of leaving them as hazardous waste material. Many people are unaware that the copper in the mobile phones and chargers are recyclable. The growing value of copper in market is making it a valuable one.
One ton of old mobile phone devices can yield up to 100 kilogram of copper which is more than from its own ore. The scope of recycling mobile phones is necessary due to the lack of its resources. Today mobile users are increasing rapidly due to its newer models. Recycling copper reduces the impact of mining copper and keeps the cost of it in a set level. Mobile phones are made from all valuable materials; these require energy and natural resources to extract them. Mobile phone recycling also reduces the emission of green house gas in the atmosphere.
Lead is one of the most threatening chemical in the circuit boards of mobile phones. It is considered as a problematic metal throughout the world. Lead is used in the circuit boards for soldering. These create cancer, abnormalities by affecting the central nervous system and immune system and affect the kidneys too. They can be disposed properly when given to the recyclers. Instead of keeping our mobile phones unused in drawer, we can give them for recycling and save the basic raw materials needed to manufacture them. The housing around the mobile phones can be used to make park decks; saxophones and so on... focus all your attention in recycling them in a charitable way. So say bye to pollution and environmental impacts created by mobile phones. Let�s all join our hands together and give way to recycling of mobile phones and save energy and the environment.
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I don't think you need to be quite so paranoid. I am sure people have better things to do that to look through your contacts/emails.
Depends.. some may see it as takin' candy from a baby, especially now that alot of people pay their bills & banking right from their smartphones.
To be sure not to hand people the keys to your identity & accounts, I'd follow the steps below prior to donating or recycling any phone~
It�s a good idea to remove personal information before you dispose of your phone. Permanent data deletion usually requires several steps. Remove the memory or subscriber identity module (SIM) card from the phone. That�s an important first step in deleting information, but you likely will need to do more to erase all the sensitive data on your device. You can command a cell phone to delete certain data, but that will only delete the references to where the data is located; the actual information stays on the phone�s operating system.
Permanent data deletion also may require you to clear data from the phone�s contacts and other stored information. Your owner�s manual, your wireless provider�s website, or the manufacturer will likely provide information on how to permanently delete information from your mobile device (and even how to save or transfer information to a new device before deletion). Make sure that you have removed the following data: phone book, any lists of calls (received and made), voicemails, sent and received email and text messages, organizer folders, Web search history and photos.
Second, you must think the people at these recycling facilities have all the time in the world. They are there to do their job, and that is to recycle your old phones. They couldn't care less what is on your phone and won't waste their time on the off-chance that you have your bank info saved, and even then they more than likely won't know how to access it.
Is that what I think?
Originally Posted by Pharmato
In all honesty, it's not worth your time to get rid of all your information, nor is it worth their time to search through every phone that comes in for the possibility of bank info or contact info for people they don't know.
Not everyone is going to turn their old phones into a recycle center. They'll turn them into their network carriers, retailers or manufacturers.. better to be safe than sorry for the few minutes it takes to do.
If you don't want to do it, that's your prerogative!