I am the proud new owner of an iPhone. My husband has a Blackberry that his work has him carry around. Add these two things up, and you get two cell phones and three chargers that we no longer need.
Cell phones are one of those things that you don't want to just throw away. And if you're like I was not too long ago, you know there are places that will recycle your phones for you, but you're not entirely sure where.
I was fortunate in that I tweeted about my old cell phone and one of my blog friends asked if she could have it. I was really happy, because giving the phone to someone who will use it is even better than recycling it.
I also sent her my wall charger and my car charger, because as long as I was mailing my junk away, I figured that I might as well mail a lot of junk.
That got me thinking about Alex's phone, which had been just sitting around for a couple of weeks.
I remembered adding several listings for how to get rid of cell phones to my Resources for Decluttering page. So I headed over there and sort of randomly picked one from the nine recycling places I have listed. I ended up with Cell Phones For Soldiers.
Cell Phones for Soldiers seems like a good organization. They sell the phones to a company that recycles them, and then use the money to pay for calling cards to give to soldiers. You can print a free mailing label right off of the internet, or you can pay postage yourself to increase the value of your donation.
They'll take your chargers too. I sent them one phone and one charger. Hopefully a soldier will get to chat with a loved one because of my old phone.
Here are the other cell phone recycling programs I have listed on my Resources page. Some of them are really neat programs that can really help people. Please keep in mind that I have not reviewed these companies and cannot vouch for their services.
Cash for Critters
Cell Phones for Soldiers
Secure the Call Foundation
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