The Recycle My Cell program has returned for 2015 and will begin October 19 to November 18. The initiative encourages schools to recycle old wireless devices and batteries to keep them out of landfills. The program is a national sponsor of Waste Reduction Week in Canada, which also starts next week.
Top schools in each province or territory that collect the most cell phones (based on student population) will be rewarded $500, eligible towards a school environmental project. Participating schools will get $1 for every cellphone collected (up to a maximum of $1000).
Recycle My Cell makes it easy for schools to participate as they provide boxes for on-site collections. Schools can bring their boxes to any Canada Post location for free shipping.
Bernard Lord, President and CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), said in a statement “Year after year, Canada’s young people continue to show their leadership in respecting the environment.”
Last year saw over 130 schools nationwide participate, collecting over 5,000 wireless devices and 260 kilograms of accessories and phone batteries.
The following cell partners make Recycle My Cell possible: Bell, BlackBerry, Eastlink, GEEP, Greentec, LG Electronics Canada, Lynx Mobility, Microsoft, MTS, Rogers Communications, Samsung Electronics Canada, SaskTel, Sony Canada, Tbaytel, TELUS, Videotron and Virgin Mobile Canada.
Time to recycle my iPhone 6 Plus, as that sucker is just too ‘old’ now.