What You Can Do

Fun Facts

In a joint Accenture and Vodafone report on smart grids using wireless technology, they found a reduction in carbon emissions in European Union member countries by as much as 113 metric tons per year in carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).

What You Can Do

CTIA-The Wireless Association® and the wireless industry recognize our responsibility to maintain the health of our planet for future generations, which is why we’ve implemented a number of eco-friendly practices within our companies and developed numerous consumer-based initiatives.

A primary component of our continued commitment to the environment is the education of consumers about the importance of recycling their devices and accessories. Responsibly retiring wireless products has numerous benefits, such as reusing materials in the production of new devices and helping preserve valuable natural resources. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recycling one million cellphones saves enough energy to power more than 185 U.S. households with electricity for a year.

In a survey conducted by MyWireless.org  in March 2011, more than 84 percent of consumers indicated they were aware that their cellphones or wireless devices were recyclable. More than 68 percent were aware that their wireless accessories were recyclable. Almost 54 percent of consumers had donated or recycled an “old” device or accessories. While we’re pleased so many Americans know about the “second life” of devices and accessories, we continue to encourage more consumers to donate or recycle.

In this section, CTIA provides information for consumers on how to recycle their devices and accessories, FAQ, quick facts, glossary and additional resources.

To learn more about a CTIA member’s specific “go green” initiatives, please click here.