Bling Wireless, a locally-owned Verizon outlet, said only 2 percent of landfill waste is electronics. But that small amount accounts for 70 percent of the toxic waste.
"The batteries -- there's a lot of things inside of there -- the precious earth metals that are very bad for our earth," said sales associate Ashlee Pierce, explaining just the harmful components in cell phones.
To keep those electronics away from landfills, the cell store began a new service not yet offered in Bozeman -- electronics recycling.
Previously, residents had to pay to recycle any electronics in most places around Bozeman.
But now, citizens can walk up to the electronic recycling stand, and drop off their cell phones for free.
"We accept cell phones, cameras, MP3 players, televisions, computers- pretty much any electronic," Pierce said.
If you have a large item that won't fit in the drop box, Pierce said they'll pick up those electronics from your home for free as well.
"We're selling these cell phones. We're putting them out into the community. And people all have these old ones sitting around, and we wanted to do something to help them out by getting rid of them," she said.
Bling Wireless workers take apart the recycled electronics, and get the circuitry and parts to other companies that can use them.
"It is something that does not need to go in the landfills," Pierce said.
Not in the landfills, but in the drop-off box, to be recycled and reused.
Drop-off box locations include Bling Wireless on South 11th, the Bozeman Public Library, the Law and Justice Center and the main Community Food Co-Op.