computer user ends up with old machines, dead printers or an obsolete cell
phone. Often this just gets thrown in the trash where toxic chemicals
in the electronics can poison landfills. In addition to heavy metals
such as lead and mercury, there are quantities of arsenic, beryllium, cadmium
and gobs of polyvinyl chloride. Yuk! Things get worse when these products
are burned in incinerators and we end up breathing these poisons. 90% of
cell phones/batteries are never recycled. That is illegal in California!
all know recycling is better for the environment but did you know it is
better for society too? And I don't mean West Hollywood. Cell
phones alone contain rare earth elements which are mined by African warlords
to pay for their violent, war mongering regimes in Rwanda and the Congo.
Adults and children are paid slave wages to work 12 hour days covered in
filth while panning, by hand, for these valuable minerals. Re-using
these elements means less money for African despots and a saner world for
everyone. For more on this dirty secret the cell phone companies don't want
know just click here.
LOCAL RECYCLING SPOTS:
City of West Hollywood - The City of Weho holds occasional
recycle events and document shredding in conjunction with
HomeboyRecycling. If there is one coming up it will be
shown here. Plus you can recycle your batteries at City Hall any
Best Buy Geek Squad - Take your dead computer
to the Geek Squad desk at Best Buy and they will take care of it for you
for free. But they will pocket the money they make from the materials.
Also, they take computers in ones and twos but don't expect to mass-dump
ten broken PCs on their doorstep they won't accept them all.
Best Buy store locator.
Koontz Hardware - As
a computer fixer I end up with a lot of batteries from dead laptops. If
the battery is removable then I just take them around the corner to
Their battery recycling bucket is right by the front door.
RECYCLING YOUR CELL PHONE If you bought a new phone, make sure
to transfer the data from your old phone. The store can often help with
this. Locate the settings screen on your phone and factory reset it so all
your data is removed. As an added precaution, you can also remove the SIM
card. If the cell phone battery is removable, you’ll want to take it out.
Most cell phone batteries are lithium-ion batteries, which require special
transportation for recycling, so this is especially important if using a
manufacturer’s mail-back program.
CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS:
Your old phone can be re-used by a member of the U.S. armed forces.
With the simple, powerful donation of your newer or gently-used cell phone,
smartphone or tablet, you become a hero to our nation’s heroes. Your mobile
phone gets responsibly recycled and proceeds from that process fund the
charitable programs that truly provide a lifeline to troops and veterans.
RECYCLING FOR CHARITIES: You send them the e-waste,
you pick the charity to benefit and that group gets the money. Simple. And
there are a huge number of charities available.
LIFECELL RECYCLING: Your dead
cell phone can provide clean drinking water to the world's poorest people.
Find out more at
With 1.4 BILLION new phones made every year those old ones gotta go someplace!
Unfortunately only 17% of e-waste gets recycled as this video explains.