CTIA's “go wireless, go green” website provides useful information about measures consumers can take to be more environmentally responsible, CTIA members’ initiatives to improve their operations to be more sustainable and the eco-friendly value wireless provides other industries.
The website also provides consumers with information on how they can recycle their wireless devices, such as smartphones and cellphones, as well as their wireless accessories. For consumers who want to know what happens once they return their devices and accessories, CTIA explains the recycling, refurbishing and reusing processes.
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CTIA-The Wireless Association® and the wireless industry's sustainability efforts include developing eco-friendly products and services, implementing energy-efficient measures in network operations and business practices and educating consumers about recycling their wireless devices (e.g. cellphones and smartphones) and accessories. By changing our own practices and providing innovative solutions and applications for other industries, we are making major contributions to creating a low-carbon economy.
In recognition of Earth Day 2011, CTIA launched the “go wireless, go green” website to provide consumers with useful information about how they can be more environmentally responsible. It also includes CTIA members’ initiatives to improve their operations to be more sustainable and the eco-friendly value wireless provides other industries.
How do I recycle my wireless device?
Whether it's directly from a carrier, manufacturer or a third party organization, consumers have a variety of options to recycle their "old" devices and accessories. We encourage you to erase your personal information from your device before you recycle it. Here are four simple tips to safely remove your information:
Now that your personal information has been safely removed from your device, who you donate to is your decision. There are a variety of options from carrier- and manufacturer-sponsored initiatives to third party organizations, such as drop-off or mail back programs, websites and charity drives.
If you're not sure where to recycle your wireless devices, such as cellphones or smartphones, all major carriers and many others will accept any device or accessory at their stores, regardless of which carrier provided your service. Click here for a list of our members' consumer recycling programs.
What is recyclable?
All wireless devices and their accessories are recyclable, regardless of age or condition. Personal digital assistants (PDAs) and tablets, wireless computer cards and accessories such as batteries, phone chargers, cables, headsets, earpieces, cases, clips and cradles are recyclable. Learn how to donate your devices and accessories through CTIA members' consumer recycling programs.
Are wireless devices designed in an environmentally responsible way?
Wireless manufacturers are incorporating a variety of environmentally-sensitive practices into the development and production of new devices and accessories. Some examples include carbon neutral phones and solar-powered handsets and chargers. More products are made using recycled and recyclable materials, such as biopaints and bioplastics that are made from vegetable oil, not crude oil. In addition, manufacturers have eliminated or greatly reduced the use of hazardous substances such as brominated flame retardants (BFRs), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), lead and cadmimum. While new devices continue to be more powerful than ever, many require less energy to operate and employ smarter charging features. Find out how wireless manufacturers are developing more environmentally-friendly devices and packaging.
What happens once a device is refurbished, recycled or reused?
Once a used wireless device is dropped off at a participating retail store, or mailed to a carrier or manufacturer with mail-in programs, the product will typically be packaged and shipped to a facility for evaluation.Then, it will be refurbished, recycled or reused: