Many people instinctively know they shouldn't throw their old phones away, but don't know what to do with them
Dexter, Michigan (PRWEB) February 3, 2008
The launch of OldPhonesforCharity.com offers consumers the newest, and easiest, way to support non-profit groups such as the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Keep America Beautiful and Cell Phones for Soldiers. Through the new website, consumers can recycle their unwanted used cell phones and direct the proceeds - up to $50 per phone - to the organization of their choice.
"We hope Old Phones for Charity will help raise awareness that old cell phones still have value," says Chuck Newman, founder and CEO of ReCellular. "The single act of donating your old cell phone for recycling through Old Phones for Charity offers dual benefits, protecting the environment by diverting valuable materials out of landfills and providing financial support to causes relevant to you, such as finding a cure for breast cancer, alleviating hunger, or supporting environmental initiatives."
The Old Phones for Charity website currently has eight non-profit partners, including:
- Susan G. Komen Foundation
- March of Dimes
- The NephCure Foundation
- Phones for Food
- Cell Phones for Soldiers
- Call to Protect
- International Myeloma Foundation
- Keep America Beautiful
To donate used cell phones, consumers simply download and print a prepaid mailing label from Old Phones for Charity. Phones are shipped to ReCellular, which reimburses the charity for each phone collected, based on the model and condition of the phone.
ReCellular pioneered the Donate a Phone charitable recycling program with the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association's (CTIA) Wireless Foundation. ReCellular has since generated approximately $50 million for charities, and established long-standing programs with partners including Verizon Wireless, Motorola, Sprint and Best Buy.
Approximately half of the phones ReCellular collects are reused - considered the ultimate form of recycling. Functional phones are reconditioned and reprogrammed before being sold to wholesalers from more than 40 countries, often providing affordable access to telecommunications in developing countries.
Non-functional used cell phones are dismantled and recycled in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency standards. ReCellular's recycling partners reclaim valuable materials such as gold, platinum, nickel and plastic, and divert potentially harmful materials from entering landfills.
The potential for the Old Phones for Charity program is virtually limitless: an estimated 130 million cell phones are replaced in the U.S. every year. Currently, only two percent of these phones are recycled, while the rest are often kept in junk drawers before ultimately being discarded.
"Many people instinctively know they shouldn't throw their old phones away, but don't know what to do with them," says Newman. "With Old Phones for Charity, we are offering consumers a compelling and convenient solution that benefits the environment and other important causes like breast cancer research."
About ReCellular Inc., a Global Recycler and Reseller of Used Cell Phones
With offices in the United States, Hong Kong, and Brazil, ReCellular Inc. is the world's foremost collector, reseller and recycler of used cell phones and accessories. We provide solutions for the collection, reuse and recycling of used personal electronics that generate financial return for our partners, quality products for our customers, funding for charity organizations, and protection of the environment. Corporate, charitable, consumer and wholesale information is available at ReCellular.com.