We have made it our responsibility,'' said Mendel Mendelovits, Founder of CollectAPhone, ''to ensure that these phones do not end up damaging our planet. Our goal is to save 1,000,000 phones this year.
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New York, NY (PRWEB) July 14, 2009
An environmentally friendly company has found a double meaning to the phrase "going green." CollectAPhone, a company based less than an hour from New York City, has made itself a mission to protect the environment from 1 million used cell phones this year while raising "green" for charities in the process.
CollectAPhone makes it easy to recycle a used cell phone, smartphone or PDA in minutes and offers free printable shipping labels. Regardless of the phone's age or condition, CollectAPhone sends cash to non-profit organizations for every phone they receive.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated that over 100 million used cell phones end up in landfills each year which can have devastating consequences for the environment. The improper disposal of cell phones can cause harmful materials such as lead and cadmium to be released into the air and water supply. Additionally, precious metals such as copper and other materials in cell phones are wasted when they could be salvaged instead (http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/partnerships/plugin/cellphone/cell-fs.htm).
"We have made it our responsibility,'' said Mendel Mendelovits, Founder of CollectAPhone, ''to ensure that these phones do not end up damaging our planet. Our goal is to save 1,000,000 phones this year."
Protecting the environment from the adverse effects of old cell phones has never been easier. A donor can simply log onto http://www.CollectAPhone.com and search for their favorite non-profit organization directly by name or by zip code to find nearby organizations. After finding the beneficiary of their choice, the donor can print a pre-paid postage label that can be used to ship their phone to CollectAPhone at no cost to them. Once received, the phone is evaluated and a percentage of the phone's value is sent directly to the donor's chosen non-profit organization.
There are currently over 350,000 active charities in CollectAPhone's website database. They are constantly adding more non-profit organizations to their list, ranging from small community organizations to large foundations. CollectAPhone is eager to partner with all non-profits to help them raise funds and even provides customizable marketing materials so that any charity may organize their own collection drive. They encourage these organizations to visit CollectAPhone.com] so they can claim and edit their organization's page for greater visibility.
CollectAPhone pledges that they will not let another used or broken phone go to waste. Established as experts in cell phone repair and recycling for over 10 years, CollectAPhone guarantees they will either reuse or recycle every cell phone they receive in a safe and eco-friendly manner. By partnering with charities and spreading their green message, CollectAPhone has set its goal to make our world greener, one phone at a time.