New School Year, New Technologies: Where do Your Old Devices and Batteries Belong?

New School Year, New Technologies: Where do Your Old Devices and Batteries Belong?

Average college student owns up to seven devices; 75 percent of children under the age of eight have their own mobile device, all of which contain recyclable batteries.

This back to school season, millions of students will head to the classroom carrying new mobile devices containing rechargeable batteries – all of which can be recycled. It is the perfect time of year to educate about proper recycling to protect the environment.

Recent studies show that the average college student owns up to seven devices[i], a number that has skyrocketed in the past five years. This trend is not exclusive to college students: 75 percent of children under the age of eight now carry their own mobile device, including smartphones and tablets.

As technology advances and new equipment is released, children, teens and young adults will replace their old gadgets with new ones causing exponential growth in the number of devices in the marketplace. If children under eight have personal mobile devices now, think about how many they will have used and disposed of by the time they are old enough to drive. How about the number they will use during the course of their lifetime?

For older students, it is projected that 31 percent in college plan to buy a new smartphone in the next year1. What will happen to all those old devices?

It is more important than ever to educate younger generations about how to properly recycle rechargeable batteries found in mobile devices. These products should not end up in landfills, where reusable materials are wasted and could potentially harm the environment. To avoid these consequences, parents and educators should take an opportunity to teach students of all ages how to be stewards of the environment by recycling old devices and rechargeable batteries. Teaching them how to safely and properly recycle their old rechargeable batteries is a great place to start.”

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