There are more mobile phones on the planet than there are people – about 7.2 billion which is 1 billion more than human beings.
In the Unites States alone more than 150 million phones are dumped in the garbage every year. If all these were recycled they could power a small city for more than a year, provide jobs and of course save the planet in one way or another.
Most people do not use their phones for more than 18 months before they upgrade to a newer model. This is despite the fact that mobile phones have a lifespan of about 7 years.
Only about 20% of mobile phones are ever recycled or reused – the rest end up in the trash.
More and more people are choosing to recycle their phones by selling them to phone recycling companies. They are either refurbished and sold in third world countries or stripped for parts.
There are more cell phones than landlines in developing countries – 50% of people in these countries have mobile phones but only 1% have land lines. The demand for refurbished phones in these countries is high.