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Many cell phones contain precious metals and other materials that can be recycled or reused to save the energy and resources used to mine or manufacture new electronics. If these items end up in a landfill, they can pollute the air, soil and drinking water, endangering human health. Making cell phones last longer is more efficient and saves you money.
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All batteries and most electronic devices contain materials that are dangerous to human health and natural ecosystems, such as heavy metals. When these items get tossed in the landfill, the poisons can leak out and contaminate the surrounding area, eventually making their way into our air, food, or water. Plus, even broken electronics usually have parts that can be recycled or reused, so recycling saves energy and natural resources.
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Rather than buying a brand new phone, get your money’s worth and be more sustainable. Here are a few options to pursue that are cheaper and more sustainable than buying a new phone:
- Do It Yourself Check out DIYs from websites like iFixit (https://www.ifixit.com) which include detailed tutorials and information on what parts you need and where to get them.
- Hire someone to fix it If you have a device protection plan, you can make an insurance claim to have your phone fixed. You can also look up repair stores. Repairing a broken phone is usually cheaper than buying a new one.
- Have your mobile provider or phone manufacturer fix it Check if your phone broke within a warranty period and find out if they’ll fix it.
- Trade in your phone Broken phones can be sold on websites like uSell, Glide and Gizelle.
- Buy a used phone Consider buying a used phone rather than buying a new one. A used phone can then be activated with a mobile provider.
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Used cell phones and electronics in Bellingham can either be taken to existing drop-off locations or be shipped to various programs. The following is a listing of organizations which either reuse or recycle cell phones and/or electronics.
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- Erase any data from the phone and disconnect the phone’s service with your wireless provider.
- Remove any storage cards and SIM cards from the phone.
- Power off the phone.
- Place your wireless phone from any service provider along with the battery, charger and any accessories you wish to donate in a plastic bag. Choose one of the drop off locations listed below to donate your wireless phone and accessories.
- Don’t have time to go to a drop-off location? Pack your wireless phone, battery, charger and accessories in a secure package. Print out a pre-paid mailing label from the HopeLine Program and just drop in the mail.