Did you realize that worldwide it is estimated that there are around two billion cell phones being used? It’s true! And the problem with that is users replace them every 18 months, on average. Even if you just look at the over 19 million cell phones used just in Canada, it is clear to see that a lot of cell phones are being trashed each year.
The problem with trashing cell phones is that they go to the landfills. Sure, they are small and don’t require a lot of space, but it’s what is inside them that is of concern. Cell phones contain toxins, such as lithium batteries and flame retardant, not to mention that they are non-biodegradable to begin with.
So over the course of the next five years we just may end up with 60 million cell phones in Canadian landfills! This is because the research shows only around 15 percent of the time people recycle them.
So one small, yet important, way that you can help the planet and keep more things out of Ottawa landfills, is to recycle your cell phone when you are ready for a new one. There are many places that offer cell phone drop boxes and even some charity groups that collect them for fundraising purposes. By dropping your discarded cell phone in one of those, it will have a chance to be recycled for the copper, silver, palladium, and platinum.
If you have other junk you need to discard, you can also help keep it out of Ottawa landfills, by contacting us at Capital Junk. We specialize in helping keep unwanted junk out of landfills, by seeing to it that as much as possible is either re-used or recycled. Whether you have unwanted appliances, or household junk, we have you covered! Contact us today to see how we can help you!