In recent years telecommunication industry experience strong growth all over the world. Every month telecom company released new models of mobile handsets and many people change cellphones several times a year. Therefore, the campaign for recycling used cellphones launching by CTIA is very important for educational purposes that would increase of mobile devices recycling and thus help protect the environment.
CTIA – the international association for the wireless telecommunications industry, representing carriers, manufacturers and wireless Internet providers commended U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and partnering companies for launching a new education campaign, “Recycle Your CellPhone. It’s An Easy Call.” This campaign aims to increase public awareness of cellphone recycling and donation opportunities, with the ultimate goal of increasing the nation’s cellphones recycling rate.
“Maintaining a successful national, consumer-friendly wireless recycling program has been a longstanding priority for the wireless industry,” said CTIA-The Wireless Association President and CEO, Steve Largent. “Any additional effort to raise public awareness and spotlight the important issue of wireless recycling is a good thing in my book. We welcome the new campaign and look forward to working with the EPA and partnering companies as we continue to spread the message about how easy it is to recycle cell phones”
The wireless industry launched a comprehensive, nationwide recycling campaign called “Wireless…The New Recyclable,” in 2003. The public outreach and awareness campaign provides wireless consumers with information about the importance of recycling wireless devices. The campaign has also focused on alerting consumers about how they can recycle their used devices. The centerpiece of the campaign has been the establishment of in-store phone take-back programs across the country that allow consumers to bring their used wireless devices and related accessories to carrier and other retail outlets for recycling.
Before recycling wireless phones read about some useful tips:
- Terminate your service.
- Clear the cellphone’s memory of contacts and other stored personal information with special software or manually.
- Remove your mobile phone’s SIM card, if it has one. All cellular phones that operate on GSM networks use SIM cards. If you are not sure if your phone uses a SIM card or if you need assistance removing your SIM card, contact your wireless provider.
Read more about Recycle cellphones campaign you can on ctia.org
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