In case you have a cell phone you're done with:
By Kristian Foden-Vencil
Portland, OR December 6, 2007 3:12 p.m.
Multnomah County Commissioners decided Thursday, to start a cell phone recycling program at local offices, health centers and libraries.
It won’t be up and running until next spring, but Commissioner Jeff Cogen, says the average person has three old phones sitting in a drawer somewhere and doesn’t know what to do with them.
Jeff Cogen: “What we’re going to be doing is contracting with a local company that does complete recycling of these products. Nothing gets disposed of it...some get rehabbed, some just get dismantled.”
Cogen hopes the program will raise up to $50,000 a year for the county.
Of the 130 million cell phones retired each year, only about 1 percent get recycled. Many contain toxic metals like lead and chromium.
Plenty of other charities and for-profits will take your cell phone off your hands. Some even offer cash.
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