Like many in this country I re-up my cell phone quite often. Whether through breaks, outdating, or new shiny syndrome (NSS its a thing trust me) we all end up getting a new cell phone on a pretty regular basis. But what do we do with the old ones? According to R2 there are several R2 certified vendors who are creating some very innovative ways of disposing of these cell phones
Many of the parts and components in smart phones are being successfully recovered for reuse by a number of our R2 Certified partners:
- Screens are reused in electronic toys
- CPUs are reused in eReaders and controllers
- GPUs are reused in digital frames
- WiFi chips are reused in WiFi USB dongles
And the list goes on. Sometimes this kind of recovery effort is not economically feasible in the U.S., which means many discarded smart phones end up being destroyed with only a fraction of the value recovered. The R2 Standard enables more environmentally beneficial outcomes by permitting global partnerships with audited or certified downstream vendors who are able to safely, cost-efficiently and legally recover valuable parts and components for reuse.
We work with some of these vendors getting your old electronics and cell phones recycled correctly!