You've probably noticed that "go green" messages are everywhere these days. They are apparent in the media, politics, fashion, technology and even your local grocery markets. With a million messages coming at us from all sides, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by the ubiquity of these green advertisements and lose sight of their true meaning.
While it's easy to be inundated by these messages, it's also simple to begin making a positive impact. Sometimes it's helpful to understand the big picture by setting smaller personal goals. Even the act of recycling can eliminate waste problems in underdeveloped countries. Eighty percent of our discarded mobile phones, computers, printers and other electronic devices end up being thrown away. According to PBS and Frontline, that waste gets exported to third-world countries, like Ghana, where it turns into an environmental nightmare.
The truth is that every single thing we do every day has an impact on the planet - good or bad. The good news is that, as an individual, you have the power to control your choices and the impact you create. For this reason, OnTrac is offering an opportunity for you to recycle your old cell phones so that they don't end up in a landfill somewhere.
In conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency's Cell Phone Recycling Week occurring April 5 - 11, 2010, OnTrac encourages you to recycle your old mobile phones and PDA devices. Recycling cell phones helps the environment by saving energy and keeping usable materials out of landfills. Cell phones and PDAs are made of precious metals, copper and plastics - all of which require energy to mine and manufacture. Recycling conserves these materials so that they can be turned into new products. Recycling 1 million cell phones can save enough energy to power 185 US homes with electricity for one year.
OnTrac is offering to recycle and or dispose of these devices properly per the standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency. The majority of these devices are recycled depending on material type. No electronic waste goes into landfills or incinerators and no electronic scrap is shipped to underdeveloped countries. Additionally, all personal, corporate or any other non-operating system data is removed and destroyed from the device.
These cell phones are sent to cell phone recycling companies like Full Circle Wireless, Pace Butler and Cell Phone Cycle where they are recycled, reused or turned into cash to help support charitable causes like the American Diabetes Association, Children's Miracle Work, the Coalition Against Domestic Violence and many more organizations. The funds have also been used to help the following causes:
- Sending Missionaries to China
- Treating malnourished children in Asia after the 2004 Tsunami
- Building new homes for low-income families
- Providing overseas military men and women with pre-paid phone calling cards
All you have to do is send us an email at Marketing@OnTrac.com and tell us you'd like to recycle your old phone. We will take care of the rest by sending you a free waybill and polybag to send us your phone. OnTrac will not receive any profits or credits for recycling or collecting these devices, but will ship the cell phones to the appropriate destinations at no cost to you. We will handle all the shipping services, proper salvage methods and all cost involved in the recycling of these electronic devices. Additionally, every person who recycles their mobile device through OnTrac will receive their own Eco-Friendly bag which can be used and reused as grocery bags, for school books, gym bags, shopping and more.
Also, tell us what you do to "be green", whether it's cleaning up neighborhood trash on your evening walks, taking quick showers or volunteer work at the local park. Each person who posts a comment will receive an Eco-Tote Bag from OnTrac.
Embracing a greener lifestyle isn't just about eating organic foods and turning the lights off when you leave the room. It's much bigger than that. So, take a small step to do something good for the earth by allowing OnTrac to help you recycle your old cell phones during the EPA's Cell Phone Recycling week.