Tuesday, April 7, 2009

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April 6-10 is Plug-In to eCycling Week. A week dedicated to recycling an American obsession-the cell phone.

The Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) estimates that in 2007, only 10% of all cell phones were recycled. Their primary concern is that landfills don't end up the final resting place for mobile communication, we all,however, know that our junk drawer in the kitchen, the work bench in the garage or under the bed is where most cell phones usually end up.

Most of the nation's cell phone providers are joining with the EPA in encouraging recycling or reusing old cell phones.

AT & T was the first onboard with the EPA in sponsoring Plug-In to eCycling Week.

Sprint has set a goal of collecting 250,000 old phones in April.

Verizon and Alltel have longstanding programs where they collect old phones and either refurbish and resell them or recycle them. With the proceeds from the sale of the refurbished phones, they donate phones and airtimes to victims of domestic violence.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence(NCADC) has been partenered with the Wireless Foundation for over 7 years on the Call To Protect program. Victims of domestic violence get access to an emergency lifeline from donated working cellphones . Visit this site for directions on how to participate in this program: http://www.ncadv.org/takeaction/DonateaPhone_129.html

Whether you drop off those old phones at a recycling drop site, (like the 7 located around Greenville County), take them to your service provider, mail them in to the NCADV or take them to your local women's shelter, why don't you join me this week and find a new, useful home for the phones you've left behind.

I have 3 old phones and by Friday, they'll be joining the fight against domestic violence. What about you? How many do you have? Where are you going to take yours? Let me know.

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