Recently, we cleaned out our junk drawers and a couple of closet shelves. Among a bunch of other stuff, we found at least ½ dozen old cell phones. What to do with these things? There are a number of places and organizations where you can donate phones for the troops, senior citizens and domestic abuse victims. All very worthy causes, all very commendable means to contribute to the community and recycle your out-of-date devices. Check with local veterans groups or “Google” cell phone donations for the drop off places and boxes in your area.
There is an alternative for those of you who want a few dollars for your recycling efforts. In this economic climate, who couldn’t use some extra cash? Check out ECO ATM. We found one at our local shopping mall. Do a web search, find your local reverse vending machine and earn a few dollars or more for recycling your old cell phone, iPod, iPad, MP3 player, and other similar small electronic devices.
The ECO ATM will detect the device and propose a price. You can accept the price offered for an immediate cash pay out. There is also a choice of donating the cash to charity. Old chargers and other accessories can also be disposed of in the ECO ATM. If you accept the cash pay out, the machine will take the unwanted electronics and dispense $$$. In the end, you get cash and your old item either is refurbished and sold or reclaimed and recycled to optimize the use of the precious materials it contains.
Landfills, junk drawers and closet shelves are cluttered with outdated, unwanted, and broken electronics. Be a little bit Green and earn a little green at the same time.
Johnny Appleseed Inspired is written by our contributing editor, Terri Grover-Miller