Approximately 60% of recycled cell phones have resale value as refurbished cell phones. Through our Reuse program, Shelter Alliance distributes cell phones to wireless markets worldwide in need of affordable communication. The reuse of used electronics is applauded by many environmentalists as an essential step in the electronics recycling process.
Approximately 40% of recycled cell phones do not have resale value, and are processed through our environmentally responsible “Refining” program. Through the Refining program, phones are shredded and smelted at our copper refiner, and various metals are “reclaimed” back to their natural state. This process, often referred to as “above ground mining”, is applauded by many environmentalists as an essential step in the replenishment of our natural resources.
Shelter Alliance (EPA SITE ID # FLR000177725) has established a socially responsible, zero landfill environmental policy. Our policies are highlighted by the following:
Our environmental policies are additionally consistent with the policies set forth by the EPA’s Guidelines for Materials Management, EPA WasteWise Program, and the Basel Action Network.