We have two old cell phones (circa 2000) and all their respective parts (car chargers, home chargers, manual). I want to donate or recycle them. I have asked around and haven't gotten any definitive answers.
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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