ReCellular Collects 6 Million Used Cell Phones in 2007, the Most Ever by a Recycling Company

Dexter, MI (PRWEB) January 6, 2008

Las Vegas, NV PRWEB) January 7, 2008 — ReCellular processed a record 6 million used cell phones in 2007, solidifying the company’s position as the world’s foremost collector, refurbisher, and recycler of wireless phones.


“In 1991, we started with a simple mission – to create a successful business that is both socially and environmentally responsible,” says Chuck Newman, founder and CEO of ReCellular, Inc. “Today, ReCellular’s impact and success have far exceeded my expectations.”


In 2007, ReCellular:

Employed 240 people at facilities in Michigan, Texas, Hong Kong, and Brazil
Collected 6 million used cell phones for recycling or refurbishing
Raised more than $ 20 million for charitable causes for 50 non-profit partners
Diverted more than 1 million pounds of materials from landfills by recycling efforts

“Over the past five years, we have grown exponentially,” says Newman. “Our ongoing efforts to increase consumer awareness for cell phone recycling – married with the innovative collection programs we offer our corporate, charitable and grassroots partners – have helped us dramatically increase our operations.”


Cell phone collections:


For 2007, ReCellular acquired a record 6,034,771 used cell phones through corporate, charitable and grassroots collections programs. This amount of phones is the equivalent of:


10 million kilograms of carbon emissions

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, producing six million cell phones would consume enough energy to power 11,400 homes for a year, and produce more than 10.3 million kilograms of carbon emissions.


A year’s supply of gasoline for 6,000 vehicles

According to The Use Less Stuff Report, each cell phone produced consumes materials and energy equivalent to .75 gallons of gasoline. Six million phones represents saving the equivalent of 4.5 million gallons of gasoline in materials and energy usage. That’s enough to fuel 6,000 vehicles for one year, each averaging 20 miles per gallon for 15,000 miles.


$ 3.8 million worth of precious metals

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, each wireless phone circuit board contains $ 0.63 – not factoring the cost of recovery – of gold, platinum, silver, palladium and copper. Cell phone circuit boards yield more gold per ton (300 grams of gold per ton of circuit boards) than ore from gold mine operations (five grams of gold per ton of ore).


Charitable Fundraising:


The vast majority of phones ReCellular processes are collected with support from retailers, charity groups and grassroots organizations. These partners create a nationwide network of more than 50,000 sites that collect cell phones of every make, model and age – enabling consumers to recycle their old phones safely and conveniently.


ReCellular pays these organizations for each phone collected, with the proceeds benefiting more than 50 non-profit partners nationwide.


In 2007, ReCellular provided more than $ 20 million for charities, including:


Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine

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