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Recycling Retro Phones

ReCellular Donates $50 for Recylcing Ancient Phones

— April 16, 2007 — Eco
The days of clunky cell phones are over. New mobile designs are being launched at top speeds, each one sleeker than the last, with more functions and tools that have become the “necessities” consumers demand today.

Got an old phone laying around but just don’t know what to do with it? There are an estimated 500 million unused cell phones in the U.S. and one in three Americans will replace their phones this year. With Earth Day coming up the global movement towards a greener environment, it just doesn’t feel right to throw that embarrassingly huge cell phone in the trash.

Well, you're in luck. ReCellular is willing to take those retro relics off your hands! You no longer have to worry about hiding that old cell phone from critical eyes. Just like paper, plastic and glass are recycled, so too can materials from phone scraps.

If contributing to a greener Earth isn’t enough incentive, consider also that ReCellular will donate $50 for every phone to charities including March of Dimes, Cell Phones for Soldiers, domestic violence prevent and education programs.

The company hopes to collect four million phones this year; they’ll also take those outdated accessories off your hands. Over 40,000 sites are accepting old phones and won’t discriminate, no matter how prehistoric your device.

About half these phones will be reprogrammed to be reused; the other half will be taken apart and recycled. ReCellular anticipates to collect about a million lbs in scraps and $630,000 worth of precious metals. They predict they will collect enough copper from phone chargers to replace the Statue of Liberty’s copper shell twice. They’ll also be reclaiming nickel, iron, cadmium, lead, plastic and packaging materials.

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