So, today I searched on a local nonprofit website (I Love a Clean San Diego) and got a list of places that will recycle them.
I called Best Buy first since they are retail and open today. After speaking with three people, I got an answer on what they do with them. They box 'em up and ship them to Dexter, MI to be used in a joint project between Best Buy and the Boys & Girls Club. Interesting. Why ship them, though??? (Manager didn't have an answer beyond that's what we do and it is a national program.)
I also called a local/national (?) recycling company with a facility near our local dump. The woman who answered the phone said they ship them to the state of California, who then dismantles them and recycles the individual parts. Her accent was difficult to understand, so I am not sure I understood her correctly. I think she said the state contracts with a private company to do the dismantling. Again, why ship them anywhere?
Why waste the resources shipping these items around the country???
There are more places on the list that I plan to call tomorrow (Monday). I am hoping one of the local companies does something local with them.
Meanwhile, are there any programs you know of where I can actually donate these to be used again???
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have you tried any of the cell phone stores in your area? many of them have drop offs and donate them to a certain cause- but probably will be shipped off.
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You could try cell phone providers. Our provider always gives option for you to trade it in....they referb phones and use them as loaners or sell at cheaper prices. I do not know what their criteria are.
I do not know about the whole phone but staples takes the batteries.
Some city recycling places take them
Some organizations such as non profits and some schools take them to turn them in to get money for the school/organization
there are online places that recycle the batteries...but that is probably not local either
.....I do not know what happens to the phone/batteries or where. I would say a lot of them all go to the same companies because I would doubt that they are a lot of options for companies that dismantle cell phones.......thus the reason for shipping...not everywhere has places to disassemble....I know I could not do it without a sledge hammer.....lol.
What is the big deal about shipping?
A way to locally reuse it would be by giving it to a thrift store or shelter, garage sell it, or list it on a local craigs list., find some who needs a new phone but can not afford one...or giving it to a kid for a toy....that is what we do.
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