Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Life for an Old Cell Phone

In the market for a new cell phone? Have you made plans to recycle or properly dispose of your old cell phone? Remember, if it’s rechargeable, it’s recyclable.

A couple of sites where cell phone recycling is discussed

  • CollectiveGood takes cell phone recycling to another level by allowing you to donate your phone to the charity of your choice. Your cell phone can be used to facilitate a variety of causes, from needy children to domestic violence to environmental or international aid. And it’s easy! All you have to do is visit, pick your charity, enter your information (for tax credit) and send in your phone.
  •, CollectiveGood’s sister company, pays you to recycle your phone. Simply enter the manufacturer, model and condition of your phone in Greenphone’s easy-to-use quote calculator. If you’re happy with the number, you simply send in your phone and wait for your check.
  • provides drop boxes for cell phones and rechargeable batteries (from cell phones, laptops, PDAs and the like) at more than 50,000 locations across the country. A quick search using my Brooklyn ZIP code brought up 420 options — many less than a mile from my front door. Organizations like Call2Recycle help those of us who are eco-minded but unmotivated break through our inertia and do the right thing.

A great article on proper cell phone disposal.

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