I just happen to have two old cell phones lying around gathering dust. I know that they should be recycled, but there are so many great programs out there I wanted to be sure to find the best one. Well here it is!
First look up your old Apple iPod or cell phone on their site, answer a few simple question about the condition of the device, and then you will find out the trade-in value. They accept any phone from any manufacturer in any condition. If there is no trade-in value, send it to them anyway because they will plant a tree for each one received as well as recycle the old phone appropriately. They pay for shipping, and even let you print out a receipt and postage label from their site.
What, exactly, do they do with the old phones? "If your cell phone is in working condition or can be repaired, we make sure it goes to a place where it can be reused. If your cell phone is broken beyond repair, we recycle it using the most environmentally friendly methods currently available.
Electronics aren't biodegradable and they even contain toxic parts that could leak into landfills and pollute our environment!
Flipswap's reLeaf project plants a tree for every phone that they recycle. More trees mean more clean air to breath, less carbon dioxide to heat things up and cleaner water to wash your electric car."
Freakin awesome. And did I mention that they mail you an Amazon gift card for the amount of your trade-in value? I will be receiving a card for $21.37 within the next few weeks. Definitely put this on your to-do list!