What are the smartest ways to dispose of phones?
What are the smartest ways to dispose of cell phones, cordless phones, broken or unwanted push-button phones and rotary dial phones? Phone technology is constantly changing...what do we do with the dinosaurs when they've gone past their prime? (Photo: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File: … phones.jpg)
I have written a hub on this matter a while back. Here's the link to it: http://hubpages.com/t/271878
I actually just dropped off an old cel phone to a local battered women's shelter here in town. Organizations like that are always looking for donated communication devices.
If it's old enough (like your picture) then I would peruse BuyMyTronics.com. Their site is very organized to look up older electronics and will tell you what you might expect from sending the items to them. They will pay for the shipping charges on the item and send you payment after receiving the item and examining it. Pretty painless way to get rid of items that are old but can be recycled or remanufactured.
The last place I go to, not that it's not a viable resource but because it costs me money, is an electronics recycling business. The one I go to charges $ 12.00 per pound of electronics stuff that you drop off (except for computers). This I use for electronics that are no longer viable even for charity donation.
Here in Indiana, one of our office supply stores will take them and the power supply cords for recycling.
And as someone else posted, our local battered women's shelter will take them for reuse so these women can have access to 911 and help 24/7 which I think is an excellent program!
I would give them to Salvation Army and get a tax-deduction.
Some cell phone companies add an addressed plastic bag in the packaging of a new phone so that the consumer can return it for recycling once it is no longer needed or usable.
If you cannot solve the problem of disposal, don't sweat. The garbage is an option.
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