Don't Break The Law -- Recycle Your Old Cell Phone

Share Article is a national cell phone recycling initiative which helps California consumers and businesses comply with the new statewide Cell Phone Recycling Law.

There are now more than 200 million active cell phones in the U.S. and it is estimated that some 25 million of these are located in California.

As with many other environmental issues California took the lead on the growing e-waste issue and passed AB2901, the Cell Phone Recycling Act of 2004. This Bill was authored by California Assemblymember Fran Pavley and took effect on July 1. The law states that if you sell a phone in the State of California, you must offer a no-cost way for consumers to recycle their old phones.

The RecycleForUS program was developed so everyone in the state of California and across the nation can participate. Individual consumers will be able to find convenient locations to drop-off their old cell phone for recycling, or print a pre-paid shipping label right from their computer. Non-profit organizations, businesses and city, county and state government agencies will be able to collect old cell phones from their members, customers, employees, residents or organizations. Program materials are free and all shipping charges for phones collected are paid for by RMS, the company who developed and administers this initiative.

All cell phones collected through the program will be accepted. In order to defray costs normally associated with recycling programs, organizations participating in the program receive funds for every phone they send to the company.

Cell phones which cannot be reused will be recycled, with no hazardous materials entering landfills. Before donating their phone, consumers should ensure they have deactivated their service and removed all personal information.

With millions of old cell phones being retired every month, has the potential to keep thousands of tons of harmful waste from old cell phones out of land fills.

“It is estimated there are now more that 600 million used cellular phones in the U.S., with more than 140 million additional phones being replaced this year,” said Conrad Melancon, president of RMS Communications, developer of the recycling initiative. “This cell phone collection program will help raise money for use in the community while keeping hazardous material out of our landfills.”

Besides the obvious economic and environmental benefits, will also help provide cell phones to people in countries where telephone communications are not well established, Melancon said.

“Many of these cellular phones will be sent overseas to countries where a cellular phone may be the only means of long distance communications,” Melancon said. “Others are donated to domestic violence shelters, senior centers or other worthwhile organizations through the 911 Cell Phone Bank program.

The 911 Cell Phone Bank ( is a 501 c3 non-profit organization which works with the National Sheriffs Association as well as hundreds of other law enforcement and victims services agencies throughout the U.S. to provide n0-cost 911 capable cell phones and funds back to the elderly and victims of abuse. The organization donates approximately 1,500 phones per month to those in need.

The remaining cell phones we receive are carefully recycled in an environmentally friendly fashion.”

About is an industry-funded nationwide cell phone recycling initiative, established in response to a law passed by the California Legislature which requires cell phone companies to have take-back and recycling programs in place by 2006. RecycleForUS.comallows individuals, non-profits, businesses, cities and counties throughout the State to receive money for their old cell phones. The program is funded and operated by RMS Communications Group Inc., More information can be found at

About RMS Communications Group Inc.

Based in Ocala, Fla., RMS Communications Group Inc. is a Florida-based company that has been in the cell phone recycling and refurbishment business since the mid-1980s. The company buys, sells, and repairs cell phones for businesses and consumers through a number of specialized websites. The company often partners with non-profit organizations that find the collection and sale of old cell phones to be an excellent source of revenue. More information can be found at

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