ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY TIPS:
*DONATE IT! – to a non-profit organization or schools for a fund raiser.
*RETURN IT! – send it to the company that produced it.
*RECYCLE IT! – at Richland County Solid Waste’s Mid Ohio Electronics/Collection Facility or at just about any Cell Phone business. No fees. No charges. Just do it.
*REUSE IT! – give your old cell phone to your kids, other family members, or friends. Or use it as a secondary back up alarm! It works! (When powered on, 911 calls and emergency alerts are still possible on most cell phones that are no longer associated with a cell phone number or company. Check with your cell phone’s manufacturer or service provider to see if it is compatible with Wireless Emergency Alerts.)
NATIONAL CELL PHONE RECYCLING PROGRAMS
AT&T WIRELESS-Accepts phones at AT & T stores.
SPRINT WIRELESS-Accepts phones in stores and by mail (recycling proceeds go to charity).
T-MOBILE WIRELESS-Accepts phones in stores and by mail.
VERIZON WIRELESS-Accepts phones at Verizon stores.
CALL TO PROTECT, CALL2RECYCLE, CELL PHONE FOR SOLDIERS and NATIONAL COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE are other venues to consider when seeking to donate or recycle a cell phone. In addition, cell phones in working condition can be donated to people with disabilities, shelters for battered women, schools and many non-profit organizations.
CRAZY FACTS ABOUT CELL PHONES
√ 150 Million Cell Phones become obsolete because of upgrade and damage every year.
√ The average life span of a cell phone is 18 months.
√ The average American owns three or more cell phones.
√ 80 percent of a cell phone is recyclable but less than 20 percent of cell phones are recycled each year.