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Published on October 18th, 2012 | by AZHG

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How to Recycle Your Old Cell Phone | Donate

Do You Feel Guilty Throwing Away Your Old Cell Phone?

500,000 cell phones are discarded in the United States every day and pollute the environment with tons of plastic and dangerous toxins. You can donate your cell phone to a number of organizations and feel good that you are reducing hazardous waste in your community responsibly, while helping someone else. Here area some options:

Help Our Troops Call Home
Cell Phones for Soldiers is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active duty military members and veterans. Their mission is to help our troops call home.

911 Emergency
The 911 Cell Phone Bank was created to provide an ongoing and readily available source of 911 emergency cell phones and funds to meet the unexpected and urgent needs of participating law enforcement and affiliated victim services agencies.

Support Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence partners with Cellular Recycler for the collection of used cell phones. The Cellular Recycler warehouse is one of the only facilities in the world dedicated to cell phone recycling that is ISO 9001:2000 and IAER certified. They receive a portion of the monies that come from the sale of refurbished cell phones to support their programming that helps stop violence in the home.

Hope Phones
Recycling with Hope Phones reduces hazardous waste in our communities responsibly, while providing a significant public health benefit abroad.  Hope Phones directly funds the operations of Medic Mobile. They use mobile technology to create connected, coordinated health systems that save more lives.

Hope Phones will take ANY phone, working or not, but does not need chargers or accessories. Their recycling partner erases all data through a certified and secure process. The phones are refurbished for sale or recycled safely. Hope Phones receives the value of each recycled phone to purchase new mobile technology for the field.

About Medic Mobile
Medic Mobile began when a few students at Stanford and Lewis & Clark started using a free software application called FrontlineSMS to coordinate community health workers at St Gabriel’s Hospital.  They began with the idea that the greatest health impact per dollar invested comes from making use of tools that are already available, rather than developing something new for each project. They realized that they could use technology to improve health care in very challenging settings. Building on early successes in Malawi, they have since helped more than thirty organizations use technology to improve health services in more than fifteen countries.

Getting People Into Care: Remote Patient Registration and Danger Sign Monitoring

Using Medic Mobile’s software tools and mobile phones, a community health worker in a rural setting can now enroll a pregnant mother or a newborn baby into essential services, continuously monitor and report on their condition, notify clinics of observed danger signs, and receive advice and assistance. This real-time data and feedback draws previously disconnected villages into the system of care.

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