An official website of the United States government.

This is not the current EPA website. To navigate to the current EPA website, please go to This website is historical material reflecting the EPA website as it existed on January 19, 2021. This website is no longer updated and links to external websites and some internal pages may not work. More information »

The Secret Life of a Smart Phone

Infographic explaining the lifecycle and recycling of smart phones.

  • Did you know that smart phones have a significant impact on the environment?
  • Understanding the life cycle of a smart phone can help you make environmentally smart choices about your phone—and what to do with it when you want a new one.
  • Click the image to the right to view a larger size or download a PDF of the infographic below.
You may need a PDF reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA’s About PDF page to learn more.