How many cell phones are thrown away each year?



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    Gizmodo states that everyday 426,000 cell phones go out of use everyday. That totals to about 155 million a year, and because about only 10% of cell phones are recycled, it can be estimated that around 140 million cell phones are thrown out each year. According to the Clean Air Council, cell phone disposal is a major waste problem. The Clean Air Council repost that in 2007, only 10% of the 140.3 million cell phones decommissioned that year were recycled. On top of that, of the 2.25 million tons of electronic devices, including cell phones, as well as TVs, computers, etc., decommissioned in 2007, 82 percent were sent to landfills. The Clean Air Council also claims that if we recycled all the cell phones we stopped using each year we could save enough energy to power 18,500 homes for a year. The result of recycling one million cell phones allows for the recovery of 35,274 pound of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium. 

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