Did you know that in California and New York City its illegal to throw away a cell phone? Hopefully other states will join soon. But even if you aren’t in those two states that requires you to recycle your cell phone, you should still recycle it. If you need some help finding a place to recycle your cell phone, consider Cell Phones for Soldiers.
Cell Phones for Soldiers was started in April 2004 by 13-year-old Brittany Bergquist and her 12-year-old brother Robbie of Norwell, Massachusetts. The goal is to help our soldiers serving overseas call home. They hope to provide as many soldiers as possible with prepaid calling cards. Through generous donations and the recycling of used cell phones, Robbie and Brittany have already distributed thousands of calling cards to soldiers around the globe.
How it works: Cell Phones for Soldiers accept any type of cell phone, you drop your old cell phone off at a donation station and the cell phones are then sold to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each donated phone. The money that they receive for the phones is used to purchase calling cards that are sent to our soldiers serving. The amount they get paid for the donated phones is enough for an hour of talk to soldiers abroad. It is also possible to donate money for a calling card along with the fact that you can have Cell Phones for Soldiers to directly mail a card to a specific soldier.
So the next time you have a cell phone you no longer need, remember Cell Phones for Soldiers and find a donation station near you.