PARK CITY – The EPA reports that the majority of U.S. citizens do not know how to recycle cell phones. “If all of the 100 million cell phones ready for end of life management in the U.S. are recycled, we could save enough energy to power more than 194,000 U.S. households with electricity for one year.
Park City’s community recycling center has collected 600 cell phones every year along with miles and miles of cords and accessories. “Park City is doing a better job at recycling cell phones than most communities in Utah,” said Insa Riepen, Executive Director of Recycle Utah.
The non-profit recycling center accepts cell phones, personal Digital Assistants (PDS), and cell phone accessories at its main facility on Woodbine Way.
According to the EPA press release, recycling cell phones save energy and keep usable materials out of the landfill. “Cell phones are made from precious metals, copper and plastics, all of which require energy to mine and manufacture. Recycling these materials not only conserves resources, but also prevents air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
The cell phones Recycle Utah collects are refurbished when possible, and de-manufactured with components disposed of properly when not.
For more information on cell phones and all e-waste recycling programs, call Recycle Utah at 649-9698 or go to http://parkcityjournal.com/recycle/admin/www.recylcleutah.org.