You have no good reason not to do it.
The phones are recycled and the money is used to buy phone cards for troops. It’s a helluva a project started by a couple teenagers!
The vast majority of phones in the United States are temporarily stashed in junk drawers and storage closets before ultimately being discarded – contributing a staggering 13,750 tons of unused cell phones to landfills every year. A mobile phone contains toxic heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and beryllium, and hazardous chemicals, such as brominated flame retardants (BFR) which can cause birth defects. Not only will recycling help the environment, it will help the troops.
If you want to do more – it’s easy.
Get your company, business, church, union, scout troop, Starbucks studs, AA associates, PETA pals, whatever, to collect a bunch of phones. Then contact CellPhonesForSoldiers.com and they will make arrangements for a bulk shipment direct to the recycler. AGAIN: The shipping is PAID.
If you still want to do more… nominate them to get funding from American Express. The site is pretty hinky (American Express! Why does this website suck so badly?) and they hide the “guest” registration link waaaaaay down at the bottom of the page. But give it a go.
This is a really neat deal – and it’s just so simple and provides such great results. I haven’t asked you for much, but please give this project your support.