Most cell phones are not recycled, wasting precious reusable metals and leaking hazardous material into our landfills.

I understand the consequences of not recycling gadgets, and lately I’ve been more concerned with their impact on our health. But to be honest, I mistakenly assumed that most people recycled their cell phones, given that it’s so easy to do so.

But according to this infographic, only one out of ten cell phones are recycled. Even more frightening, there are an estimated 280 million cell phones in use in the United States alone – and they’re being replaced an average of every 18 months.

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