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Tips to reduce, reuse and recycle from your phone

April 18, 2022

Earth Day is usually associated with planting trees, cleaning the neighborhood or emptying out that forgotten closet. However, through its device trade-in program, UScellular is offering 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 the Trade-In  program, which diverted nearly 84,000 pounds of e-waste from landfills and avoided almost 240,000,000 gallons of water pollution. Additionally, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, for every one million cellphones recycled, 35,274 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered.

“Our lives have become easier and more enjoyable because of smartphones and mobile technology, but they’ve also allowed us to take steps to help protect the environment,” said Thomas White, director of sales for UScellular in East Tennessee. “Through our device trade-in program, we can ensure old or unwanted devices are reused or responsibly recycled, keeping our environment clean while also giving customers a chance to earn trade-in credit.”

 While recycling or trading in devices is one way to honor Earth Day on April 22, UScellular suggests other ways that technology can help people reduce, reuse and recycle:


  • Wherever, wheneveriRecycle is a recycling app that’s useful for finding local recycling facilities whether you’re at home or exploring. The app also provides access to more than 1.6 million ways to recycle more than 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 offerings for donation or make requests for items that you’ve had your eye on.


  • Get started earlyGro Recycling is designed to show kids that recycling is fun, while also teaching 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’re looking for tips and advice about recycling, head over to 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.


About UScellular

UScellular is the fourth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier provides a strong, reliable network supported by the latest technology and offers a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers’ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations. To learn more about UScellular, visit one of its retail stores or To get the latest news, visit Connect with UScellular on social media at,,, and