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Why Electronics Recycling is a Big Deal

October 16, 2014

Unlike paper that is shredded, or aluminum cans that are crushed, electronics require an energy source to remove different materials. Glass, plastic, precious metals and copper are contained in most electronics equipment and careful extraction is essential to their recycling efforts. It is no simple feat for manufacturing companies to collect, track and recycle used electronics items.

Sprinting to Recycle Cell Phones

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Sprint has been earning recognition for following the life cycle of electronics since 2011. Taking on the goal of creating a trend that would lead other companies to recycling, was a bold mission. If this challenge had not been set up with the right strategy, implementation, and results, the entire program could have been deflated and stalled.

However, Sprint delivered on its promise to reduce its own environmental footprint, to use only trusted re-manufacturers, and to involve the public in recycling efforts. The risk paid off and recently the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presented Sprint with the first-ever Sustainable Materials Management Electronics Challenge Champion Award.

Leading the Cell Phone Industry

Sprint and other companies recycling cell phones, are now seeing a significant savings that was once spent on the disposal of used units. In addition, Sprint offers a buyback program for customers to promote awareness in keeping the environment clean by turning in used cell phones for credit and incentives. Many of these phones go to a reuse program, thus saving both energy and recycling.

Learn more about how Sprint is leading the cell phone industry with innovative recycling ideas at Market Watch.

Technology that drives better communication with innovative solutions and customer satisfaction is a big deal to Sprint. However, by adding electronics recycling as an industry must, Sprint has been instrumental in leading all electronics companies to new recycling practices. Join the electronics challenge by donating used equipment to manufacturers that are supporters of this program.


 

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