Earth Day is usually associated with planting trees, cleaning the neighborhood or emptying out that forgotten closet. However, through its device trade-in program, Lukas Partners client UScellular offers another way to mark the holiday. When customers trade in qualified smartphones online or in-store, they can get up to a $600 credit off their bill.
In 2021, UScellular customers traded in more than 186,000 devices through its Trade-In program, which diverted nearly 84,000 pounds of e-waste from landfills and avoided almost 240 million gallons of water pollution. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, for every 1 million cellphones recycled, 35,274 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered.
While recycling or trading in devices is one way to honor Earth Day, which is today, UScellular suggests other ways that technology can help people reduce, reuse and recycle:
· Wherever, whenever – iRecycle is a recycling app that is useful for finding local recycling facilities whether you are at home or out exploring. The app also provides access to more than 1.6 million ways to recycle over 350 materials.
· Give back – The Freecycle app allows users to give away unwanted but reusable items to others in their local community. You can post your offerings for donation or make requests for items that you eye.
· Get started early – Gro Recycling is designed to show kids that recycling is fun, while also helping teach them how to take care of the environment. Players can feed virtual garbage to recycling bins to find out which items are recyclable. The trash is then converted into new products, which are then sorted for reuse.
· Go green, get the goods – If you seek tips and advice about recycling, head to Recyclebank.com. By signing up, users accrue points that can apply to discounts on magazines (that can then be recycled), restaurants and other retailers.
· Go paperless – Why continue to receive unnecessary mail when digital is just as good? Many companies, including UScellular, offer online bill management that provide customers access to past statements and other documents, saving time while eliminating waste.