From the New York Times: The way the Environmental Protection Agency sees it, one discarded cell phone is like one vote: on its own, it cannot do much harm or good, but the cumulative effect can pack a wallop.

So on Tuesday, the E.P.A., in partnership with many retailers, manufacturers and service providers, will introduce a public education campaign aimed at getting consumers to recycle those phones.

By the agency's reckoning, as many as 150 million cell phones are taken out of service each year. The phones contain metals, plastics, glass and chemicals, all of which require energy to mine and...

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