Over 100 million phones are stockpiled in U.S. households creating potentially hazardous waste. On average Americans replace their cell phones every 12 to 18 months. Unfortunately, electronics including cellphones, laptops, and tablets contain eight toxic substances including: Arsenic, Antimony, Beryllium, Cadmium, Copper, Lead, Nickel and Zinc. Although benign when properly refurbished or recycled by companies such as Recycling Fundraiser, these toxic substances pose a serious environmental and health risk if discarded improperly. These toxins leach into soil and groundwater from landfills and form highly toxic dioxins & furans during incineration. In fact, the cadmium from a single phone is capable of polluting 158,200 gallons of water. That’s 1.2 Million 16-ounce coffees! These toxins have been associated with cancer and range of reproductive, neurological and developmental disorders.
Donate your old electronics (phones, laptops, tablets, etc) NOW by following the instructions listed in Recycling Electronics Fundraiser, which not only benefits the community, but also enables MASC to continue to have our amazing events and conferences!