I recall the very first time I heard about a cell phone recycling program. I was headed into a Verizon shop and right at the side of the door was a big barrel for used cell phones. The purpose was to collect unwanted phones which would then be refurbished and given to women who were taking part in a ‘back to work’ program designed to help them get off of welfare and back in charge of their own lives.
I thought it was a really good idea. Especially seeing as back then, I changed cell phones like some people change socks.
Now we have the ‘cash for your cell phone’ programs – and that’s a pretty good idea too. By selling my old cell phone, I can get money for a lot of different things; new shoes, a new handbag, movie tickets… The list is endless.
In Europe, recycling old cell phones has become pretty popular. Here, it is catching on, but we are still behind. We need to get the word out. Tell people that you can recycle your cell phone for money. Tell them that selling your phone is really easy. Tell them that selling their phone is much better than throwing it away on many levels – it’s not just about the money, but about the environment too.
Quite honestly, I think cell phone recycling, trading, and selling is a superb idea. It reduces waste, gives your cell a second life, helps people in need, and rewards you with cash for your effort. There isn’t a downside.