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Are you going to change cell phone equipment at the end of the year? Have you thought about the old man?

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We find out a bit for you; We do not want to take away the illusion of having a new one with more functions, capacity and trendy ... but we want you to take a specific action with your old phone and dispose of it properly.

Did you know that electronic waste throughout Mexico exceeds 250,000 tons each year? Televisions, cell phones, audio players and others go into the environment with all their toxic compounds of lead, mercury, cadmium, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polybrominated biphenyl ethers. However, they also contain other compounds that are as expensive and appreciated as bromine, gold, barium, beryllium, lithium, and nickel.

Aware of the environmental impact of these wastes, the National Telecommunications Association (ANATEL) and the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) created a cell phone recycling program that seeks to prevent these toxic waste from electronic waste they reach the environment, and that on the other hand, usable compounds can be extracted and thus avoid the extraction and depredation of other ecosystems in search of these minerals, which eventually reduces the rate of deforestation in many countries with mines in fragile sites, and where many of the species that are now in danger of extinction live.

El Green Program de Anatel was implemented in 2013, at the very moment when the cell phone market is growing rapidly, and where the rate of replacement of equipment increases in parallel with that growth.

In the case of other countries such as Australia, the government of the state of Victoria has launched a website called «Your E-Waste to a better place» that by your zip code it locates you the collection centers of electronic articles closest to you; This has been done in collaboration with private companies that are in charge of reusing all recoverable elements, and preventing them from becoming toxic waste to the environment, as well as reducing the exploitation of new resources for new devices.

At the end of this year, if you are going to change cellular equipment, please do it in one of the stores of the various telecommunications companies that serves as a collection center, remove your chip, erase your memory, and clear your conscience!

Ask yourself these questions before changing cell phones:

    Do I really need a new device?
    Another second-hand electronic item can I use for what I want?
    Instead of throwing it away, can I pass or donate my equipment to someone else who can reuse it?
    Can I repair damaged equipment, if it is, without having to dispose of it?
    Where is a nearby phone recycling center?

Remember that thousands of liters of water are used to manufacture new equipment and new resources must be extracted from mines that pollute the environment, throwing thousands of tons of Co2 into the air, contributing to global warming.

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