Today marks the second annual National Cell Phone Recycling Week, an event designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. According to USA Today, cell phone recycling have gotten easier and even profitable as some companies are paying for old electronics.
Since only 10% of cellphones are recycled, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is partnering with private companies to designate this week as a time to spotlight how to recycle the more than 100 million no longer in use.
Recycling keeps electronics out of landfills and reuses their metals, copper and plastic. For every one million recycled phones, 75 pounds of gold, 772 pounds of silver, 33 pounds of palladium, and 35,274 pounds of copper are able to be recovered.