I recently upgraded my cell phone. In doing so I was left with an old phone that did not have service and was not providing me use. I did not want to throw the phone away as I’m sure there is an appropriate recycling method for cell phones nor did I want to keep it stashed in a drawer to take up space and constantly remind me that I had not done anything with it.
I came across an organization that accepts used cell phones and distributes them to domestic violence agencies. I was thrilled to see that not only would my phone be recycled, but go to a good cause. And there is a bonus: you can mail your old phone to the company at no charge to you. Their website offers a label you can print from your home computer and attach to an envelope. Drop the envelope in the mail and you’re done.
I took the extra step of also including my phone charger, manual and a car charger I had purchased. As these items would do me no good with my new phone I’d rather pass them along to an agency that is more likely to use them.
Take the time when you are replacing an item such as a phone to see if there is an organization that could benefit from your “trash.” The effort means so much to them and will leave you feeling good too.