With the introduction of the new iPhone 5s and other new cell phone technologies every year, Americans have more and more unwanted technology devices waiting to be disposed of as they are upgrading to more modern devices. One thing consumers should consider during this whole process is how to be eco friendly in the process and not let your retired phone become the environment’s newest source of stress.
Apple introduced the “iPhone Reuse and Recycling Program” at the end of August. With many people trading in their previous iPhones for newer versions, we all consider selling our old phone on EBay or Amazon. Apple has arrived at an easier solution for costumers to get involved. The program rewards Apple users for the recycling of old phones depending on its determined value. The trade in only applies to those holding a current apple iPhone contract and the phone must be working. This recycling opportunity brings forth rewards for Apple with their profits from return purchases and a projected image of sustainability. It also allows consumers to impact reduction of E-waste in our country today.
According to The Chicago Tribune, “E-waste is the fastest-growing waste stream in the U.S….Americans got rid of 27 million TVs, 205 million computer products and more than 100 million cell phones and PDAs in 2007” (Carpenter). Due to a very small percentage of electronic devices actually being recycled, the buildup of this material is spread throughout the country without the potential to decay for decades. Additionally, the negative impacts of E-waste upon our human health have been described by Science Daily to cause “inflammation and oxidative stress — precursors to cardiovascular disease, DNA damage and possibly cancer.”
Collectors of E-waste, like Electronic Recyclers International, will break the items down to be separated piece by piece so that they can be re used. There is not yet a federal law banning e-waste although, the Illinois Ban on E-waste, enacted in 2011, made it illegal for residents to dispose of any electronics in their normal trash. This act still allows people to dispose of their cell phones which may still be causing harm to the environment. There are precious materials used to build cell phones including gold, silver and copper that Americans are dumping every year wasting the opportunity to put this money elsewhere.
Apple’s program is such an easy way to better our environment. You will feel better about properly disposing your iPhone and also be able to pick up a gift card to use on other purchases. A win-win for both parties, we are so excited to feature businesses that are building up easy ways for all citizens to think about taking care of the environment they live in.
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Susan, Carpenter. N.p.. Web. 9 Oct 2013. <http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-07-26/classified/sc-home-0718-ewaste-20110723_1_e-waste-electronic-waste-electronic-trash>.