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Date: Apr 22, 2013
Proper Electronics Disposal is Critical.

Confession time. How many of us have owned at least two different model iPhones? A lot of hands are going up, aren't they? Fact: almost everyone who uses an iPhone will someday be looking to recycle an old iPhone.

Properly recycling electronics is very important. In many cases, electronics deposited with certified recyclers can be reused. Toxic materials, especially batteries, are kept out of our landfills and valuable components can be reprocessed.

When planning to recycle an old iPhone, it's worth checking out the Apple program. Apple will take your unwanted iPhone and other electronics, including all of its own items and even non-Apple PCs. If your item has value, Apple will issue an Apple Store gift card.

They pay for shipping and say that their recyclers achieve a 90 percent recovery rate of materials. No hazardous materials go into landfills or are incinerated, according to Apple.

Another option is to check the e-Stewards website for certified electronic component recyclers. The nonprofit group lists legitimate recyclers and also lobbies for legislation around the world to help ensure that electronic waste isn't just dumped on poverty-stricken communities. That practice has caused significant toxic pollution in a number of countries.

Along with recycling your iPhone, there are a number of companies that will buy your phone from you, as long as it's not one of the oldest models. Navigate to one of these services, find your exact iPhone model (including memory), enter a little information about its condition, and you'll get a bid.

The companies pay for postage and once they verify condition, they issue the payment—usually via PayPal or a gift card. Condition is crucial. Phones in pristine condition fetch the most money and that's where a good LifeProof case can make a big difference.

For example, not only is the LifeProof frē for iPhone 5 the best way to protect your phone from water, dust, dirt and shock damage, you can consider it as an investment in the future value of your iPhone.

The essentials:

• Improper disposal of electronics causes environmental hazards
• Use a certified recycler for your old iPhone
• Apple has a recycling program and will buy some devices
• There are a variety of used iPhone buyers on the Internet
• Condition is important – use a LifeProof case
• Compare offer prices