Proud of the new iPhone? Do some good with the old phone

If Apple really manages to sell the predicted 10 million iPhones this year, that means there will be 10 million old phones sitting around people’s houses. There are many ways to make good use of the old phone and avoid tossing it in the trash. Cell phones are loaded with cadmium, arsenic, copper, cobalt and lead. We don’t need that in our landfills.

Charities that will accept your phone and give you a tax credit in the process can be found through web sites such as Wireless Recycling, Collective Good, and American Cell Phone Drive. If you contact those sites directly, they usually provide you with pre-paid mailing envelopes.

If you want to drop your phone off somewhere local, Staples will accept it. Best Buy can give you a pre-paid envelope to send your phone to ReCellular, where to money from it will go to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. You can also go straight to ReCellular without using Best Buy as a middleman.

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