Canadian cellphone carriers launch recycling program

Canadian cellphone carriers launch recycling program

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Oct. 25, 2013

Cellphone users in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador can now recycle their old cellphones for free thanks to a partnership between major cell phone carriers, handset manufacturers and processors.

The Recycle My Cell program, which had been in operation as a voluntary service since 2009, recently received the green light from the government to become the official recycling program of Canada's easternmost province. The program has "recovered almost 22,000 wireless devices" to date, according to a press release, and will be managed by Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA).

"We know that the residents of Newfoundland and Labrador want to ensure they do the right thing. We are calling on all of you to pull your old cell phones out of your drawers and recycle them," said CWTA President and CEO Bernard Lord in the press release. "The Recycle My Cell program, which is completely free of environmental handling fees for consumers, makes cell phone recycling simple, convenient and accessible to all."

CWTA's Ashlee Smith explained to E-Scrap News that working wireless devices collected through the program are repaired, refurbished and resold, while inoperable devices are recycled in Canada. Proceeds of the program are directed toward a host of charities. Many major electronics companies, including LG, Samsung and BlackBerry, have joined the cause as program partners.

The Recycle My Call program is expected to complement Newfoundland and Labrador's recently launched e-scrap program, which does not accept cellular phones for collection.

Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador looking to recycle their wireless devices can access an online directory of the nearest drop-off locations through the program website. Residents who do not have access to a drop-off location can receive a pre-paid shipping label to mail in their devices.

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