'Cycle Your Cell' – EPA Encourages Reuse of Cell Phones

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The Federal Environmental Protection Agency and the State of California have both released a study that classifies old cell phones as hazardous waste, but consumers and companies can turn in old phones for cash and solve the problem.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of California have confirmed what many environmental groups have warned –unwanted cell phones are a threat to our environment.

The toxicity is primarily due to the use of lead (a toxic metal) in the phones. Once they are tossed into a landfill that lead will leach the toxic lead into the environment. One way to prevent that is to turn in old cell phones to be refurbished and reused.

"Americans have heard the call to 'cycle your cell,' and they are turning in their old phones in bigger numbers every day," said James Mosieur of CellForCash.com, owned by RMS Communications Group, Inc. from Ocala, Fla.

CellForCash.com enables individuals, companies, or non-profit groups to turn in old cell phones so they can be refurbished and reused – keeping them out of landfills where they can cause harm to the environment.

"Mobile phones will be discarded at a rate of more than 130 million per year by the year 2005, and that translates to 65,000 tons of hazardous waste. The phones and their batteries contain various hazards, like cadmium, chromium, beryllium, lead, mercury, nickle, zinc, and brominated flame retardants," said Mosieur.

The EPA has urged individuals and companies to take a renewed responsibility for their impact on the environment, and CellForCash.com is making it easier than ever for everyone to share in the challenge.

"Most people do not have a clue what to do with their old wireless phone when they upgrade to a newer model. We make it easy to give your old cell a new home – 'cycle your cell.' We will even give you a prepaid shipping label so you can send it in at no cost to you, and you can designate a charity and we will give them a cash donation in your name," said Mosieur.

"We are challenging all Americans to take a 'hands-on' approach to helping conserve our precious natural resources," said Marianne Lamont Horinko, EPA Assistant Administrator for Solid Waste and Emergency Response in an official EPA release. "EPA is asking Americans to adopt smart environmental practices, make smart environmental purchases, reuse more products, and recycle at least one pound of their household waste a day."

The results will be less waste, more economic growth and greater energy savings and recovery, she said.

"When you 'cycle your cell' at CellForCash.com, we all benefit through resource conservation, solid waste reduction, environmental protection, energy conservation and social and economic development," said Mosieur.

Individuals or groups can earn extra cash by helping others to turn in their phones. Information about the program can be found at http://www.CellForCash.com.

"We offer both individuals and non-profit groups the opportunity to send us old cell phones in working condition, and we pay them from $3 to $92 per phone. We even pay the cost of shipping the old phones to us," said Mosieur.

CellForCash.com, located in Ocala, Fla. is run by RMS Communications Group, Inc, an industry powerhouse. RMS has been providing wireless sourcing and repair services to the wireless industry for over 18 years.


James Mosieur, RMS Communications Group, Inc.

800-627-2022, jim@rmscomm.com

David Bresnahan, http://ThatPRGuy.com

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