Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recycle and Donate Cell Phones for Seniors

I've recently been read about recycling and donating old mobile phones because I have a few old working handsets at home.

I realized that the wireless phone industry is growing at a steady rate and the technology has reached great heights but cell phones also account for more than 65,000 tons of toxic waste each year. I also found out that a single cell phone can pollute up to 132,000 liters of water. These figures illustrate the importance of recycling old handsets.

But what has recycling mobile phones to do with senior citizens? Well, it turns out that senior citizens benefit from programs and organizations that convince consumers to recycle and donate their mobile phones.

According to the folks at Charityguide.org, donated cell phones are reusable and can dial a 911 call center so they can be used as emergency lifelines for:
  • senior centers
  • senior citizens living alone, who are especially vulnerable to accidents
  • senior citizens with disabilities and limited incomes, who are especially vulnerable to elder abuse (physical abuse, assault, exploitation, or neglect)
Mobile phone collection drives have also been used to provide working telephones and 911 service to at-risk individuals, such as indigent senior citizens, who would otherwise be without phone service.

I guess it makes sense. Mobile phones that are usually donated for recycling are old models which possess characteristics that makes them suitable for elderly users. Many old models of handsets are easy-to-use devices with large buttons making them ideal cell phones for seniors.

I think donating mobile phones for seniors is a great idea. This way one can help elderly users and help to ease the burden that cell phone pollution is placing on the environment.

So how can one donate a cell phone for senior citizens? Well, it's fairly simple. You only need to type a few keywords into a search engine and you will get all the information you need on how to recycle and donate a mobile phone for seniors.

That's it for this post on recycling and donating cell phones for seniors. Tune in to this blog for more news and updates on senior-friendly mobile phones an services.

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