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Recycle Your Old Cell Phone to Help Quake Victims in Haiti!

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On January 15, 2010 @ 1:20 pm In Recycling initiatives,social responsibility | 4 Comments

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Have an old cell phone just sitting in your electronics drawer? Consider putting it to good use and donating it to ReCellular’s Phones for Haiti [1] program, a cell phone recycling [2] initiative to provide disaster relief for the recent Haiti earthquake [3]. There are over one billion used phones sitting around and gathering dust, and just a tiny percentage of those could equal millions of dollars for quake victims.

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Your donated cell phones won’t go directly to quake victims — instead, ReCellular [4] refurbishes and sells the phones in developing countries as an alternative to new models. The full value of each donated phone is then contributed to the American Red Cross.

In some cases (i.e. with a new iPhone [5] or similar smartphone), up to $100 is contributed to relief efforts. Non-functional phones, batteries, and chargers are also accepted. So what are you waiting for? ReCellular offers free shipping [6], so there’s no excuse not to donate.

+ Phones for Haiti [7]

Via Earth911 [8]


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URLs in this post:

[1] Phones for Haiti: http://www.phonesforhaiti.com/index.html

[2] cell phone recycling: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/06/17/e-waste-pick-up-service-for-mumbai/

[3] Haiti earthquake: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/14/emergency-shelters-and-disaster-relief-for-the-people-of-haiti/

[4] ReCellular: http://www.recellular.com/

[5] iPhone: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/12/17/top-7-best-green-iphone-apps/

[6] free shipping: http://www.phonesforhaiti.com/donateUsedPhones.html

[7] + Phones for Haiti: http://www.phonesforhaiti.com

[8] Earth911: http://earth911.com/blog/2010/01/15/donate-your-cell-phone-to-aid-catastrophic-haiti/

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