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Upgrading to an iPhone 4S then Recycle Your Old E-Waste Phone

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When the iPhone 4S was announced a couple of weeks ago it was first met by some yawns along with some longing reminiscent memories about Steven Jobs and what a pioneer he was and will Apple survive in the long run without him.

But, now that people have been digging into the new iPhone 4S a bit, they are starting to like what they see, especially Siri, the intelligent assistant. But, that leaves the question of “What do I do with my old cell phone?

Now, some people already know about the problems with e-waste and the need to recycle cell phone, desktops, laptops, etc. But, with all this emphasis on going green over the past few years would it surprise you to learn that only 10 – 15 percent of the U. S. citizens actually do recycle their e-waste.

Really? Haven’t heard of eBay? Didn’t know that you could donate you e-waste to your local charity such as the Goodwill. I did this recently with a PC, scanner and printer I had laying in my garage for years (as backups). They stayed there so long as backups, however that they were no longer useful.

The point I want to make, though is that sometimes by going green you can make a little green. By donating your old cell phone you can write this off as a tax deduction. By selling your old phone at an online auction or store that buys used cell phones, you can actually make some moola.

One of the biggest criticisms I’ve heard about going green over the years is that it costs more money. Well, by recycling your e-waste you can actually help the environment and make a little money. It’s been estimated that Apple will sell up to 55 million new iPhone 4S models.

This means tons of old cell phones will need to go somewhere. So why not let someone recycle and refurbish your old cell phone and make some cash for doing so. It’s not only an environmentally-friendly act, it’s the smart thing to do.

About Kevin

Kevin is both an environmentalist and a tech guy and has been writing, editing and publishing this blog since 2007. He answers questions related to how you can use tech to go greener.

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