Photo: How to recycle a cell phone

Only 12 per cent of used mobile devices are being recycled in Canada. (Credit: David Paul Ohmer via Flickr)

Here's an easy website to remember, You can find a drop-off location in your area.

Worldwide, there are about eight million cellphone users. The truth is that about 96 per cent of the materials in mobile devices are recyclable. But the reality is that only 12 per cent of used mobile devices are being recycled in Canada.

Where are the rest? Probably sitting in a drawer at home — you know the one — or maybe thrown out. Recycle My Cell accepts cellphones, smartphones, wireless PDAs and pagers. The brand or condition of the device doesn't matter, and the service is free. They also accept rechargeable batteries, chargers and other accessories.

London Drugs has also committed to Bring Back the Pack program. Their in-store recycling program accepts packaging but also cellphones, batteries, disposable cameras and small appliances (purchased at London Drugs). Recycling fees might apply to items not purchased from the store. Find out more about the Green Deal.

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And before you purchase a new mobile device, check out Greenpeace's Guide to Greener Electronics. It ranks the top 18 manufacturers of mobile phones, computers, TVs and games consoles according to their policies on toxic chemicals, recycling and climate change. To date, Nokia and Sony Ericsson are leading the pack with Microsoft, Nintendo and Toshiba picking up the rear.

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