Friday, April 10, 2009

Cell Phone Recycling Week is a Great Time to Think about ReUse all around your Home

Spring Cleaning (or Spring Greening) is here and the EPA has made it extremely simple to get rid of your cell phones through a program called Cell Phone Recycling Week which runs from now until April 12th. The environmental impact of 2008’s recycling drive saved “enough energy to power more than 2,000 homes for a year.” Imagine the impact of 100 million recycled cell phones. The task is easy and the impact is large. So come join the cause by requesting a pre-paid mailer from any wireless provider or find a convenient drop off location.

An easy and free recycling program isn’t the only perk of Cell Phone Recycling Week. Many companies are jumping on board and pledging to do something extra for each customer that is joining the cause. For example T-mobile has promised to plant a tree for “each customer that recycles a phone, goes paperless or upgrades to the Motorola Renew.”

Wondering what is going to happen to that clunky Samsung or Motorola you chose to recycle? The program is centered on the concept of “reuse.” Therefore the phones that are collected are going to go under “rigorous testing.” The results, an innovative way to reuse or repair the phone. If not they are ISO certified to recycle the phone and its precious metals while keeping the landfills safe of any toxic materials. This is a win-win situation for all and is a perfect way to make a difference by Easter!
While you're at it, why not recycle some of the other things around your home? Contact your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore and they'll give new life to your old items.

Thank you to Vanessa Dang, one of our terrific Orange County interns for this blog post.

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