June 22, 2020

By Admin

Cell Phone Toxins and the Harmful Effects on the Human Body When Recycled Improperly

When cell phones are improperly recycled or end up in landfills, it ultimately causes negative effects to nearly every system in the human body. Mobile phones contain harmful toxins including lead, arsenic, and bromine, which can leak into the groundwater and bioaccumulate in the food chain causing detrimental damage to the soil, water supply, vegetation, animals, and humans.

Lead is found in a wide variety of cell phone components including the circuit boards, batteries, and as a stabilizer in PVC products. Lead exposure can cause damage to the reproductive, blood, and nervous systems.

Arsenic is found in the microchips of many electronic devices including mobile phones. In high doses, arsenic poisoning is lethal. Low levels of exposure cause negative impacts on skin, liver, nervous and respiratory systems

Bromine is a component in a group of fire retardant chemicals known as brominated flame retardants. It is associated with cognitive and developmental deficits. Studies have shown that bromine contributes to the disruption in the thyroid hormone balance, brain damage, and cancer.

E-waste accounts for 2 to 5 percent of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream and continues to rise by 3 to 5 percent each year, increasing the amount of harmful toxins leaked into our ecosystem. To stop this deadly trend, businesses and individuals need to recycle used cell phones and other electronics only with e-Stewards certified recyclers to ensure their toxic e-waste does not end up in a landfill. e-Stewards is the globally recognized gold standard for responsible electronics recycling.

Due to a lack of legislation in the U.S. prohibiting the export of e-waste, utilizing an e-Stewards certified electronics recycling company is one of the only ways to make certain electronic devices are recycled responsibly and not exported overseas. Visit to learn more about the e-Stewards Standard and to find a list of e-Stewards certified electronics recyclers.


e-Cycle is the trusted wireless partner for many of the largest organizations in the world. As the first mobile recycling company to achieve e-Stewards certification, we adhere to the highest standards for environmental responsibility and worker health and safety. e-Cycle offers a simple, secure, environmentally responsible and profitable way for businesses to sell and recycle used mobile phones and tablets. Learn more at

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