It’s been said that not everyone has an internet connection and not everyone has a desktop or latop computer, but what everyone does have is a “cell phone”.
Most Americans have a cell phone, and most Americans flip their (mobile kimosabes) every 18 months. What does this all mean? It means that loads upon loads of cell phones (to the tune of 130 million) get retired annually in this country. And in 2009 there literally is equally that many ways to recycle an old mobile phone. But which of these methods is the easiest, fastest, most lucrative and or most benevolent?
It depends on whether you prefer to drop off locally, whether you prefer to recycle from the comfort of your home or office, and whether you want to just get rid of it or make some cash while you’re being planet-friendly.
Let’s take a look at a few options for each of the above scenarios.
Drop off locally – If you prefer to recycle locally, then first try your carrier’s retail location. The one closest to you. Start online – visit the carrier website – find your closest shop – then call and ask if they recycle old phones. If so – gold. If not ask which nearby location does. If your local carrier’s retail location does not recycle old phones, then next try your local rotary club or Goodwill.
Recycle from comfort of my home or office – If you prefer to recycle without leaving your house, then try one of the many cell phone recycling outfits that have a mail-in program and will ship you a prepaid label or box. You then simply place your mobile in the box or mailer, place in your mailbox, then your trusty mail carrier will do the rest. Two established companies in this niche are Cricket and CellForCash.com
Make some cash – If you prefer to make abit of coin while being conscious, nothing wrong with that. Many companies facilitate this and will gladly pay you, i mean motivate you to be good to Mother Earth. One caveat though – make sure the company you decide to sell your old mobile to is legit and doesn’t secretly ship its inventory overseas, as some do. Try GRCRecycling and Gazelle.com
Benefit a cause – If helping out a cause is more your style, there are plenty of cell phone fundraisers to choose from, including the following companies: Collective Good, Cell For Soldiers download underworld rise of the lycans divx , Breast Cancer, and the list goes on. The best way to find a cause to support is to ask your family and friends, or if that’s not an option you can always “Google it”. Try this format when you search – (cause + cell phone recycling) For example, let’s say you want a pet-related charity or group to benefit from the proceeds of your old cell phones, type into Google this (pet charity cell phone recycling)
*please note – none of the above mentioned companies are affiliated with Keetsa