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#SaveTheWorms! Do Kids Know More About e-Waste Than You?

San Diego, Calif. – Despite growth and widespread accessibility of recycling programs, 62 percent of Americans still admit to throwing away recyclable items. Take a cue from these kiddos – recycle your gadgets and help protect our planet.

What gets thrown away that could be recycled?
According to a recent survey* from ecoATM, Inc. of the 62 percent of Americans who admit to tossing items that could be recycled, here are the most common:

• Batteries (44 percent)
• Clothes (38 percent)
• Ink Cartridges (24 percent)

• Coins (6 percent)
• Cell phones (8 percent)

What do kids know about e-Waste?
ecoATM asked some of its youngest fans specifically about e-Waste and their responses may surprise you. When asked what will happen if the bad things in phones end up in a landfill, the kids replied:
• It could explode
• It might make an earthquake
• If the chemicals get in the ground or the water it could make some animals sick; especially worms – #SaveTheWorms!

What can you do?
To help keep e-Waste out of landfills, ecoATM® kiosks offer instant cash for over 5,500 types of cell phones, tablets and MP3 players at the 1,890 kiosks nationwide and have responsibly recycled more than four million devices to date. To locate a kiosk near you, visit

*Methodology: The survey was conducted by Edelman Berland between March 15-18, 2015, and polled 1,000 general consumers in the U.S.

About ecoATM
ecoATM, is the first company to create an automated self-serve kiosk system to buy back old phones, tablets or MP3 players for cash. ecoATM uses patented, advanced machine vision, electronic diagnostics, and artificial intelligence to evaluate electronics. ecoATM® eCycling stations provide a convenient trade-in solution with features that validate sellers’ identities and deter the sale of stolen phones, and the company collaborates with national, state, and local law-enforcement groups in combating mobile phone theft through innovative use of technology and education (

ecoATM holds Responsible Recycling (R2) and ISO14001 certification, confirming the company’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards of electronics recycling, as well as ISO27001 certification for information and personal data security. See for a video of how an ecoATM kiosk works.

Sean Marshall
(425) 943-8243