It’s almost finally here, National Cell Phone Recycling Week starts Monday. You’ve been waiting for it, haven’t you? What’s that, never heard of it?
I felt the same way. With relatively little digging, I discovered that it’s a brand new nationally designated week created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which informed the public about the special 2009 event on April 2.
Normally, I’m a big mocker of made-up holidays, but since this one deals with cell phones, it seemed like a good time to remind readers what to do with their old phones.
There are several alternatives to trashing a cell phone that can help the earth and, possibly, mankind. And because of the new NCPR week, most of the major cell phone companies are having their own events to make it more convenient to consumers who want to recycle.
All the major carriers — Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint — will accept old phones at the stores. Some will also accept them by mail. Specifically:
The EPA also offers 3 things to do before you give up your phone:
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