According to a survey by mobile security app maker Lookout, 62 percent of respondents said they have at least one unused mobile phone in their household and 11 percent have four or more old phones lying around. For those looking to roll up their sleeves this spring and clear household clutter, recycling these old phones offers a two-for-the-price-of-one benefit.
First, it helps the environment by keeping electronic waste out of landfills. Since 2001, HopeLine from Verizon, for example, has recycled 1.7 million wireless phones and kept more than 260 tons of electronic waste and batteries out of landfills.
Second, many of the recycled phones benefit worthwhile charities. HopeLine from Verizon has provided more than $18 million in cash grants have been given to domestic violence organizations donated 151,000 HopeLine phones have been donated for used by victims and survivors.
The program has been so successful in large part because of community partners, like Oakland County, Michigan, which hold HopeLine drives to collect old phones. Oakland County employees recently collected nearly 900 used mobile phones in a three-month period.