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Recycling Phones to Charities, Not Landfills
Posted: 27-Oct-2002 [Source: Reuters]

[INFORM, an environmental research group, is encouraging cell phone companies to offer take-back plans and discounts on new phones in exchange for returned equipment in efforts to reduce the environmental impact from discarded handsets containing persistent and bioaccumulative toxic chemicals.]

By Elinor Mills Abreu, San Francisco -- "With customers methodically switching mobile services and upgrading to newer models, discarded cell phones are hitting incinerators and landfills in record numbers, contaminating the environment.

But now users have the option of donating unwanted phones to non-profit groups, developing nations, or for recycling the components in environmentally safe ways.

"With a phone from last year donated to CARE (international aid organization) you can probably feed somebody for a month with the revenues generated," said Seth Heine, president of Atlanta-based Collective Good Inc., which runs a cell phone collection program at http://www.collectivegood.com."

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