On top of that warm, fuzzy feeling you'll get for doing your part in saving the environment,
you'll also receive:
Sign up for U Card and get 100 points for FREE when you recycle.
At U Mobile, we believe that it is time we reevaluated the way we discard our gadgets and start thinking about the safety and health of future generations.
Heres how you can help.
Bring them to a U Store and recycle them via our collection boxes
Spread the word and get your friends to recycle their unwanted devices
Your phone isn't the only thing with metal components. Batteries and chargers do too!
With mobile devices so prevalent in today's society, the proper management of e-waste becomes extremely important.
Here's how recycling can help:
Earth's resources are finite. Without proper management, they will eventually run out. Making new products out of recycled materials reduces the need to consume precious resources and helps achieve sustainable development.
Mining for rare earth minerals used in mobile devices can have serious environmental consequences if not properly managed. By reusing what we already have, we cut down on the need to mine for more.
By recycling our electronic waste, we stop contaminants from accumulating in landfills and eventually leaking into the environment, thus preventing further pollution.
We’re sitting on a wealth of precious metals in the form of electronic waste. With proper recycling techniques, these metals can be recovered and sold for profit in a process known as ‘urban mining’, creating additional jobs for the community.
Here are some common toxic components found in mobile devices and the damage they can cause to human health.
- lung disease
- kidney damage
- skeletal lesions
- itai-itai disease
- kidneys damage
- memory problems
- movement disorders
- skin damage
- kidney dysfunction
- neuropsychiatric symptoms
- memory impairment
- damages the central nervous system
- memory loss
- kidney failure
- abdominal pain
Everyone wants the latest and greatest mobile device, but what happens to old devices that get thrown out? Electronic components found in today's mobile devices often contain contaminants such as lead, cadmium and mercury, and can cause serious environmental and health issues if improperly dealt with.
Discarded mobile devices & accessories are transported to landfill
Non-biodegradable toxic components accumulate
Toxic materials leak into environment, e.g. groundwater
As more mobile devices get discarded, pollution becomes a serious problem
Toxic contaminants causes health issues within the local population
Guiyu, China is often referred to as the ‘e-waste capital of the world’. A recent investigation found that 82% of Guiyu children had an average blood/lead level of 149. A figure above 100 is considered unsafe by international health experts.