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Is Recycling safe?

Friends, hi all. Just asking a random thought that we often do recycling of old gadgets. So is this recycling really safe or not? Means our recycling really helps the needy people or the environment from E-waste?

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Depends on who recycles it.

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But when I put my phone in the recycling box in the local church, I had no doubt.

Post was last edited on January 1, 2019 10:40 AM PST

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Recycling seems to have at least two definitions.

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Passing along your old computer to places like your local church is a great idea, but is it recycling?
Of course one would think that it helps the church but, does it really?
Consider an organization that people tend to donate things to, usually the electronic stuff is so out of date and obsolete that there is nothing they can do with it, but the donator considers it to be "recycling".
Don't just dump your old stuff on an organization without asking if they actually have a use for it.

There are many places that will take your old equipment and actually take it apart to recover the common and precious metals, plastics and the like. "There is gold in them thar boards."
Usually the company doing the recovery does not charge, nor should they, and make their money from selling the recovered materials which go on to be combined with new material to form new equipment.
Bottom line; recycling is safe, can really help and in certain cases helps keep down the cost of new stuff. It all depends on your definition of "Recycling"


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It matters only if you do that in the right way.
In the end there won't be any point for recycling.
So do research about your device recycling and you will succeed.

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Yes definitely

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Yes. Recycling really helps the environment and if you are doing it right, you are helping the needy as well because cell phone parts are then re-used in under-developing countries.

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Post was last edited on January 29, 2019 7:15 AM PST

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Re: recycling

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I'm glad to see you found an answer to the question you asked 4 weeks ago, and not only that, you decided to tell us also. Thanks for that.

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phone recycling

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In my country there is no service to recycle phones therefore I just keep it for the times it will appear one day.

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