Re­turn­ing

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Make sure you can re­turn the phone if you’re not happy with it. Some stores at­tach stiff or­der-can­cel­la­tion fees on top of what an on­line company might charge. Also check for buy­back or ex­change schemes to get a higher cost of the old re­turned phones.

Re­cy­cling

Most cell phones con­tain pre­cious met­als and plas­tics that can be re­cy­cled to save en­ergy and re­sources that would oth­er­wise be re­quired to mine or man­u­fac­ture. The cir­cuit board on cell phones can be made of cop­per, gold, lead, zinc, beryl­lium, tan­ta­lum, coltan and other raw ma­te­ri­als that re­quire sig­nif­i­cant re­sources to mine and man­u­fac­ture. When placed in a land­fill, th­ese ma­te­ri­als can pol­lute the air and con­tam­i­nate soil and drink­ing wa­ter. Cell phone coat­ings are typ­i­cally made of lead, which is a toxic chem­i­cal that can re­sult in ad­verse health ef­fects when ex­posed to it in high lev­els. This is why it is im­por­tant to re­cy­cle old cell phones. (Source: Wikipedia)

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