For National Recycling Week, AT&T set a Guinness World Record, but there are still many old cell phones out there.
In honor of National Recycling Week this week, AT&T has announced they've set a Guinness World Record that helped prevent a nice chunk of e-waste from ending up in landfills. The company recycled 50,942 cell phones in one week and have expanded their recycling efforts to keep the momentum going.
It's estimated that 140 million cell phone users in the U.S. upgrade their phoneevery 14 to 18 months. That amounts to a whole lot of old cell phones, likely sitting in people's drawers, or worse, winding up in the trash. And now that most cellular companies like AT&T have take-back programs for your old phones, in addition to the wide array of other recycling options from Gazelleand ReCellular to eBay, there's really no excuse for not recycling your phone when you're done with it.
Ideally, we'd love it if 50,000 cell phones were being recycled every week, but AT&T is making strides to recycle more phones on a regular basis.