Using old, discarded cell phones as a source of materials for new products. Currently, cell phones are usually recycled for metal components. Cell phones are such a ubiquitous part of modern life, yet when disposed-off most eventually end up in solid waste facilities–accounting for thousands of metric of waste tons each year. Recovery and recycling of cell phones are in the early stages of development. Efficient recovery infrastructure, product designs that simplify dismantling, and other changes are needed to facilitate the growth of cell phone recycling.