Most Americans tend to get a new cell phone every other year. Usually when their contract expires, they qualify for a low-cost upgrade to a new cell phone model. The old cell phones then get tossed away and find their place in the darkest corners of your drawers – often forgotten. These cell phones are in perfectly good condition and are still – unused. Statistics show that there are millions of cell phones that are tossed aside in this way. Rather than throwing away these phones, it’s a good idea to donate them to charity.
Some charitable organizations such as Cell Phones For Soldiers accept these unused cell phones and use them to help our soldiers stay connected with their families. Many times our soldiers are stationed across international borders with very little facilities to call back home. Sometimes, it is months before they can call their families back home. Donating your cell phones for this noble cause could be a great way to put your old cell phones to some use. Well, even if partly damaged, these cell phones can be recycled or refurbished to make them as good as new.
Recycling cell phones
Recycling cell phones is a great way to discard old, used and unused cell phones. These recycling companies ensure that they wipe away all the data from the cell phones before recycling or refurbishing them. Phones that are donated are generally sold in bulk to these recycling companies and the money received is used to buy talk time which our troops can use for free. Free calling cards are a great way to help our soldiers connect with their families back home. So, before you simply get rid of your used cell phone by throwing it in the darkest corner – never to be found, consider donating it to charity. It could bring smiles on the faces of many.
Benefits of recycling or donating
The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that you discard old phones properly so that it does not contribute to the deterioration of our environment. Mobile phones are electronic wastes that contain toxic elements such as copper, lead, cadmium, and chromium. If they are dumped into garbage incinerators, they emit hazardous substances that can harm the environment. Moreover, if you do not discard your mobile phones properly, you are contributing to the death of wildlife animals too. Mobile phone manufacturers have recycling programs that are geared towards reducing waste. You can also donate it to charitable organizations like Cell Phones For Soldiers. Along with saving the environment and keeping it free from electronic wastes, you will also be lending a helping hand to those who relentlessly work day and night to protect our borders so that our country and our people live in peace. Both the causes are noble in their own ways.
So, do your part. Contribute your bit to this good cause of serving America’s bravest. Sell old mobile phones or donate them to charitable organizations instead of tossing them into the trash can.