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Recycling matters

Since we launched our recycling program back in 2008, over 14.4 million T-Mobile customer devices (and counting) have been reused or resold.

Because cell phones contain precious metals, recycling not only conserves these materials, but also helps prevent pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

For every 1 million devices we recycle, 35,284 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered.1 But there’s a lot more work to do. The EPA estimates about 90 percent of cell phones end up in landfills or are disposed of improperly, posing potential harm to the environment.2 The EPA has more ways to be eco smart about your smart phone here.

Last holiday season, we gave green-minded consumers the chance to double their difference through our #GivingTWOgether phone drive. For any and all used phones or tablets brought in to a T-Mobile store, the Un-carrier DOUBLED the recycled value of the devices, after costs, and donated it to charity. All up, we generated $1 million for our friends at Feeding America and Team Rubicon to support their hunger relief and disaster response initiatives. Thanks a million!

U.S Geological Survey: "Recycled Cell Phones – A Treasure Trove of Valuable Metals" (PDF) (July 2006)
U.S EPA. Electronics Waste Management in the United States: Approach 1. July 2007. EPA530R07009 (http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/materials/ecycling/manage.htm)