Cell Phone Recycling Industry Rapidly Evolving; Home-Based Recycling Entrepreneurs Desperately Needed to Accomplish Governmental E-Waste Goals

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Utah recycling entrepreneur/author reveals startling statistics: 500 million cell phones are currently available for recycling in the US alone, representing billions of dollars in potential income to home-based recyclers. Governmental e-waste initiatives, without the efficiency of local entrepreneurs, are doomed to failure, resulting in "tiny, toxic time-bombs" being released into landfills and aquifers by the millions.

It has long been recognized that cell phones contain many extremely toxic industrial byproducts -- lead, arsenic, cadmium, beryllium, brominated compounds, and many other carcinogenic and persistent poisons. In effect, cell phones are "ticking, tiny toxic time bombs" just waiting to be released into the environment.

An industry has been evolving to address the rapidly growing disposal challenges associated with the half-billion used cell phones and PDAs already taken out of use. This stockpile will grow by about 150 million new phones this year, and each year thereafter.

Environmentalists and government officials, alarmed at the exploding toxic threat represented by this growing waste stream, are rapidly debating legislative ways to deal with it. Scott Andrews, a Utah recycling veteran, claims that any legislative efforts to address the problem are, at best, band-aid approaches.

Fortunately, states Andrews, a large part of the solution lies in the evolution of an effective and efficient profit-driven recycling market, simlar to what occured in the late 70's with the advent of the automotive catalytic converter. During that period Mr. Andrews, through his publishing efforts, educated thousands of potential recycling entrepreneurs and motivated them to establish a steady supply stream to the ultimate refiners, while making a handsome profit themselves.

With his most recent research report, "Cell Phone Recycling For Profit", he is going to inform a new generation of local, home-based recycling entrepreneurs about the profit potential in used phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and other wireless devices. With the scrap value of certain personal electronic devices reaching as much as $250, Andrews states that there is plenty of motivation to collect and supply the devices to eager buyers who do not have a local presence.

In his report Andrews addresses both the opportunity, as well as the challenges, facing the local cell phone recycler. There is a growing list of buyers heavily dependent upon the efficiencies created by local recyclers, and the prices they pay vary widely, as do their service levels. Abetted by a soon-to-be-released weblog in support of his readers, he is prepared to provide up to date information on this rapidly evolving recycling niche.

Scott Andrews and his company Recyclebiz.com, are dedicated to serving the needs of the fledgling cell phone recycling industry and help alleviate the growing concerns revolving around improper disposal of this critically toxic electronic waste stream.

For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release, contact Scott Andrews or visit cellphones.recyclebiz.com.

About Scott Andrews and Recyclebiz.com:

Scott Andrews is a 30-year veteran of specialty recycling. Author of "High-Profit Recycling" and "The Recycler's Library", he spent many years traveling the Western US buying scrap film and marketing silver-recovery services to hospitals, newspapers, printers, and radiographic labs. He then diversified his efforts into the dental scrap arena, buying and processing precious metals waste generated in dental offices. With the advent of catalytic converters in the auto industry in the mid-seventies, he expanded into recovery of the platinum-group metals from automobiles.

A native of Attleboro, Massachusetts, and a graduate of the University of Utah, he currently resides in the Salt Lake City area with his wife Susan.


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