With millions of wireless phones being retired across the globe, Sprint has taken a leadership role in both developing more sustainable products and ensuring they are responsibly recycled at the end of their life.We have set an ambitious goal of, by 2017, collecting nine devices for reuse and recycling for every 10 devices we sell — a 90 percent collection rate. In 2014 we collected 32.5 percent. Reuse and recycling helps to prevent air and water pollution, and it also helps conserve resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the manufacturing of new products.
A growing problem
The EPA estimates 135 million cell phones are discarded each year, with only 11 percent being responsibly recycled. Idle devices are a waste of valuable materials when they end up unused in a drawer — or worse, in a landfill, where they can potentially release toxins into the environment.
We put these devices back to work by refurbishing them and reintroducing them to the market or by disassembling and recycling them for materials such as metal and plastic.
To help address the growing e-waste problem, Sprint offers two industry-leading wireless programs, Sprint Buyback and Sprint Project ConnectSM. Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Sprint Prepaid customers can recycle their devices through Sprint Project Connect.
For the fourth straight year, Sprint has been recognized by Compass Intelligence for having the best phone buyback program among all major U.S. carriers.