We wrote last week about recycling e-waste in general, but cell phones deserve a post of their own. Of all personal electronic devices, they probably represent the greatest combination of ubiquity and replacement frequency. Even this writer, who holds onto his devices long after they have gone out of vogue, has at least two old cell phones lying around, and the EPA estimates that there are 100 million others like it across the country. What’s an ecogeek to do?
Fortunately, there are plenty of options. All of them facilitate the recycling of your phone, which is good for the environment. But they also offer you the chance of either getting a little extra cash for yourself, or making a charitable donation.
If you’re in it for the cash, you can try the aptly named CellForCash website. If your phone isn’t relatively new, though, you probably won’t get anything (though they will recycle it for free). If you want your phone to go to charity, you can try Collective Good or Cell Phones for Soldiers. Sites such as ReCellular offer you a wider array of options, including buying used phones.
It is also possible to recycle phones through your service provider. Sprint, for example, will recycle your old phone and credit your account. It doesn’t seem worth it to recycle through the other carriers, though – they tend to use the phones for tax deductions; not that there is anything wrong with that, but if there is a tax deduction involved you might as well cash in on it yourself through one of the above mentioned services.
written by The Tech Angels of New Rochelle, November 17, 2008
written by Bardle Bee, April 14, 2009
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