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How to put your old phone to new use - CNET

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It's time to upgrade to a new phone. So what do you do with your old one?

If you're like me, you probably have a drawer full of old smartphones collecting dust. You could always trade them in for cash, but unless you have a newer Android phone or an iPhone, you probably won't get much for it.

What should you do? One thing is certain. Don't just throw it away. According to a United Nations Environment Program report titled "Waste Crimes," up to 50 million tons of electronic waste -- mainly computers and smartphones -- are expected to be dumped in 2017. Smartphones are full of metals, minerals and chemicals that when disposed of in landfills or incinerated can become toxic.

In this edition of Ask Maggie I share what I like to do with my old devices.

Dear Maggie,

Between my husband and me, we have a mountain of old unused smartphones. What should we do with them all?

Thanks,

Trying to Stay Green

Dear Green,

If your old phones still turn on and work, there are lots of things you...(continued)

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