R3 It's the Right Thing to Do - Recycle your old electronics.
Whether it's bringing your own bag to the grocery store, pouring your coffee into a mug instead of a paper cup, or recycling plastic, paper and cans, we can all make a difference that impacts the future of our planet. This includes items like cell phones, monitors, gaming systems and other electronics. The amount of eWaste is rapidly growing, filling landfills with recyclable items, as well as dangerous and toxic materials. The accumulation of this waste impacts our lives and the health of the planet.
The Bottom Line
Our R3 program allows you to get paid to recycle your old cell phone [s] and other unwanted or no longer used electronics. It’s fast, it's free (including shipping) and it helps save the earth. R3 provides you an easy option to recycle your electronics rather than just throwing them away. Simply click on the here or the icon below and enter the information regarding your cell phone or other electronic devices. You get a fast estimate of what your item or items are worth.
In order to help save our planet and reduce landfill waste we have partnered with CEX, a leader in the recycle, reuse and reclaim industry. We are proud to offer this service to our customers, as well as the entire nation. Together, we can all do our part to be a stewart of the environment. Read more about what CEX is all about and learn about how they approach the recycling process.CExchange's Green Policy.
What it actually means to be Green?
Consumer Electronics Exchange cares deeply about our environment. It is, after all, our business. But it gets much more personal than that.
Among the founders of our company you will find hobbies and interests outside of work that are quite literally outside activities. Our founders and employees enjoy marathons, triathlons, surfing, snowboarding, skiing, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and many other outdoor activities. But what we enjoy most is passing on our love for the outdoors to our children. Much of the pride we take in our work here at CExchange is the fact that we are helping to keep our environment clean so that people can safely enjoy the great outdoors now and well into the future. We understand that there is considerable confusion around e-waste and which "electronics recycling" companies you can trust. So please do your research, know who you are giving your electronic device to and where it goes from there.
So What Does CExchange Do with Your Electronic Device?
Most electronic devices we receive from consumers, retailers and manufacturers are refurbished so they can be repurposed and reused. This reduces the amount of raw materials needed to manufacture new products and helps to conserve our natural resources. For the electronics that can't be refurbished we provide them to ECS Refining. ECS is an e-Steward, one of North America's most Responsible Recyclers that upholds the Electronics Recycler's Pledge of True Stewardship - the World's Most Rigorous Environmental and Social Justice Criteria for Recycling e-Waste. ECS adheres to all state and federal environmental regulations and complies with ISO 14001 environmental management standards ensuring that no hazardous waste will be improperly disposed.
The E-waste crisis introduction in the USA today.
• Electronic equipment and gadgets are the fastest growing waste stream in many countries. For many, electronics are part of modern life cell phones, laptops, TVs and a growing number of gadgets.
• Every year we buy new, updated equipment to support our needs -there are upwards of 300 million computers and one billion cell phones produced every year.
• All of these electronics become obsolete or unwanted, often within 2-3 years of purchase. This global mountain of waste is expected to continue growing 8% per year, indefinitely (BCC Research).
• The rapid obsolescence of gadgets combined with the astronomically high demand for new technology has created mountains of e-waste. In fact, e-waste is the fastest growing waste stream our society produces.
e-Stewards compared to other standards
As the problems associated with the relatively new electronics waste stream come to light, various programs are emerging to help customers, recyclers, governments and others navigate the complex and sometimes shady recycling industry. The challenge is to understand the differences between the various programs so you can make an informed choice. With so much at stake – legal liability, brand name, and long term and devastating impacts on health, water and air – it’s critical to recognize the differences
• The certification, which was developed by the Basel Action Network in conjunction with industry, government and nonprofit stakeholders, is based on a pledge by electronics users and recyclers to:
• Eliminate exports of hazardous e-wastes to developing countries;
• Halt the dumping of such wastes in municipal landfills or incinerators
• Cease the use of captive prison populations to manage toxic e- wastes
• Certification requires recyclers to protect customer data throughout the recycling process
• Protect the health and safety of workers in electronics recycling facilities.
What Is Dangerous About eWaste?
Substances found in consumer electronics include such dangerous waste as arsenic, lead, cadmium, and beryllium which have a high risk of leeching into water sources, polluting the air, and contaminating the soil if disposed of improperly. It is estimated that over 100 million mobile phones are tossed into landfills each year, representing a tremendous risk to the environment and to our health. Of course, that's just mobile phones. When you add in all the other personal electronics (nearly all of which have batteries) the problem becomes much worse.