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  • Writer's pictureMackenzie Mosieur

Earth Day 2022 - What We're Doing & How You Can Help

Earth Day is a time to reflect on our impact on the planet, our home. Other than the planet-saving recycling of plastic, paper and aluminum, another type of waste is taking over, causing detrimental harm to our home.

E-waste, also known as

electronic waste, comes in many forms, from old and unused computers, to the unclaimed cellphones in lost and found departments. More than likely, there is e-waste collecting dust at places of business, maybe your place of business.

Global e-waste grew by 21% between 2014 and 2019, a pace that will lead to a doubling of e-waste in just 16 years. The United States alone generated 6.92 million tons of e-waste, about 46 pounds per person in 2019. It recycled only 15% of the material. This growing problem is not to be ignored. The 911 CPB processed over 300,000 pounds of cellphones in 2021 and recycled over 13,000 pounds of electronic scraps.

The 911 Cell Phone Bank makes it easy to recycle old or unclaimed cell phones. By simply sending the devices to the organization you’re recycling and saving lives. The 911 Cell Phone Bank takes the unwanted devices, clears the data and then donates the devices to be used as lifelines for domestic violence victims and other survivors of abuse or violence. Reusing cell phones ensures that the greatest possible value is recovered, prevents the devices from ending up in a landfill, and quite literally gives old phones new life.

Learn more about our organization from this interview with our Executive Director:

Checkout more e-waste stats here:

Contact us to donate smartphones, tablets. iPads or other electronics.

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