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Ways to Donate Your Old Cell Phone to Charity

Make a Good Call: Apps and Ideas to Use Your Phone for a Greener Purpose

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If you're in the market for a new cell phone, have you thought of what you'll do with your old one?

Cell phones are made with precious metals, copper and plastics, all of which can be recycled to make new products. In 2007, 14 million cell phones were recycled in the U.S., but even so, the EPA estimates just 10 percent of all cell phones are recycled.

Most cell phone providers have drop-off bins or mail-in programs to make recycling your old phone easy, but there are lots of ways you can recycle your phone and give to others. Many charities have partnered with cell phone refurbishers and recyclers as a way of generating funds while keeping phones out of landfills, so everybody wins.

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