Toxic Recycling: It's harms, and a better solution.

Americans are learning not to take recycling at face value with recent 60 Minutes' expose of toxic recycling. Fortunately, there are other newer, better options with companies championing re-use as the best form of recycling.
By: Will Dowell
Sept. 3, 2009 - PRLog -- Most American people know it is great to recycle.  They usually know exactly what should be recycled and how they can go about it.  What they don’t know, at least in the case of electronics recycling, is where their recycled items are going, and that their good intentions are polluting someones backyard half way around the world.

In November 2008 60 Minutes broke a story about the “most toxic place on Earth” – a town in China where “you can’t breathe the air or drink the water”.  This town is the poster child of electronic waste recycling gone bad.  Much of the waste is derived from cell phones, which contain significant amounts of lead, cadmium and mercury.  Other waste comes from recycled computers, stereos and other obsolete devices.  

News like this can be frustrating and a little overwhelming.  But fortunately, there is another option.  A better option that can in fact put money back in our pockets.  A company called Cycled Cells ( will pay you for your cell phone and re-sell it to another individual.  Their motto, “The best form of recycling is re-use” resonates with many Americans in a time when extra cash is hard to come by.  Working with Cycled Cells couldn’t be easier.  Pull up their website, enter in your phone, select it’s condition and presto, there’s your price right down to the penny.  Fill out name and address information and they’ll email you a pre-paid shipping label (that’s right, they pay for shipping too!).  When you sell your cell phone to Cycled Cells you’re getting paid to recycle, and you know your phone isn’t going into one of these toxic waste dumps.  

For electronics that don’t have any residual value or are obsolete, check out Earth 911 (  They’ll help you find a local recycling company to take your items to.  However, you should always make sure these companies practice “landfill free” recycling methods.

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Cycled Cells is an easy alternative to time consuming, risky and frustrating experiences associated with the typical online marketplace or classifieds. The website can provide an instant quote for your new, used and broken cell phones.
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