What do phone recycling companies do with the old phones that they get?



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    In most cases, they are refurbished and sold again as separate refurbished parts or in a cell phone.  If they are unuseable, the batteries and other parts are disposed to EPA-certified partners.  The main problem is that cell phones have many toxins in them, including lead, mercury, cadmium, beryllium, arsenic and antimony.  If they are just thrown away and put in landfills, as 500 million already are, these toxic materials will leach out into the ground and the atmosphere.

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