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Infographics: Mining Cell Phones for Valuable Minerals

Did you know that mining one ton of iPhones would yield 9.72 oz. of gold? What’s more impressive is that this is 324 times more gold than ore from Peru’s Yanacocha gold mine. Humans have had a long history of re-use. In 19th century England, rag-and-bone men collected discarded rags and clothing for cash – these were subsequently turned into cotton paper (higher quality than today’s wood pulp paper).

Are smart phones the next mine for urban recycler? The recycling value of an 8GB iPhone 3GS is worth $175 in valuable minerals. Check out this infographic to see if  there are enough incentives for you to strip your old smartphones. Read more

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Where to Recycle Old Mobile Phones

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Sending a text on a smartphone might save a tree, but what happens to your old phone when it’s time for an upgrade? Before you send your hardware off to a landfill, here are a few places you can trade it in – and maybe get a little cash.

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Recycle Small Electronics and Inkjet Cartridges Thru the Mail

recycleOur hats go off to the U.S. Postal Service. The federal agency announced today that they are launching a pilot program that will allow customers to recycle small electronics and inkjet cartridges by mailing them free of charge.According to the USPS press release the “Mail Back” program helps consumers make more environmentally friendly choices, making it easier for customers to discard used or obsolete small electronics in an environmentally responsible way. Customers use free envelopes found in 1,500 Post Offices to mail back inkjet cartridges, PDAs, Blackberries, digital cameras, iPods and MP3 players – without having to pay for postage.

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