Law Enforcement Asks For Help from Cell Phone Retailers

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The National Association of Triads, Inc. (NATI), an affiliate organization of the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA), is seeking cell phone stores across the country to help in its cell phone recycling collection program.

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The National Association of Triads, Inc. (NATI) announced today that they are actively seeking cell phone retailers to collect cell phones to benefit their emergency cell phone program. Through their partnership with the 911 Cell Phone Bank, NATI will provide to cell phone retailers a no cost cell phone recycling program.

Over 11 million cell phones are retired each month in the US and most can easily make it to your local waste stream. In support of new state recycling laws, communities nationwide are banning their disposal in local landfills. Many of these laws are aimed directly at cell phone retailers.

Recently, New York Governor George Pataki signed legislation that will require every cell phone retailer in New York to accept up to 10 used cell phones from any person during normal business hours. The retailers would then be responsible for recycling, or disposing of them in an environmentally sound manner. A similar law went into effect in the State of California in July of this year.

The 911 Cell Phone Bank program is a free, convenient and easy recycling solution. Retail partners simply collect cell phones in the boxes provided and mail them in using postage paid shipping labels. Boxes are shipped via the USPS so there is no need for a UPS or FedEx account, simply hand the box to the postman. Each participating retail store also gets a Compliance Kit which includes in store signage, a Certificate of Participation and a quarterly environmental report.

"This is a great opportunity for retailers to comply with any recycling legislation and give back to the community" said James Mosieur, a Director at the 911 Cell Phone Bank "Recycling with us is good for the environment, good for the community and good for business."

The 911 Cell Phone Bank program provides emergency cell phones and funds to law enforcement and victim services agencies nationwide. Cell phones recycled under this program will benefit the National Association of Triads, NSA's national senior safety program and participating local law enforcement agencies.

"The 911 Cell Phone Bank has been a great partner" said Ed Hutchison, Director of NATI. "Having this resource available let's law enforcement focus on serving the community."

The 911 Cell Phone Bank has contracted with RMS Communications Group to act as its exclusive processor. As a leading worldwide cell phone recycler, RMS has worked with retailers, manufacturers, charitable groups and environmental organizations to create innovative cell phone recycling programs with a focus on self sustainability.

For more information about cell phone recycling with the 911 Cell Phone Bank please visit http://www.911cellphonebank.com/retailers.asp or call 352-369-3888.

About the National Association of Triads

Triad is a partnership of three organizations - law enforcement, senior citizens, and community groups. The sole purpose of Triad is to promote senior safety and to reduce the unwarranted fear of crime that seniors often experience. The National Association of Triads, Inc. assists law enforcement in organizing local Triad programs by providing ideas, programs, and training materials to implement in communities nationwide. For more information visit http://www.nationaltriad.org.

About 911CellPhoneBank.com

The 911 Cell Phone Bank is an initiative of The RMS Foundation. It was created to provide an ongoing and readily available source of 911 cell phones and funds to meet unexpected and urgent needs of participating law enforcement and affiliated victim services agencies. Since its inception, the 911 Cell Phone Bank has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars and tens of thousands of cell phones for victim services organizations nationwide. It is a nationwide program designed to maximize community cell phone donations. To learn more visit http://www.911CellPhoneBank.com.

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