Cellphone recycling

Question: A couple years ago you had information in your column about where to recycle cellphones.  

 Unfortunately, I didn't save it.  Can you refresh my memory?  I was particularly interested in the program you mentioned for the phones to help soldiers.

Answer: Thanks for remembering. I did a column on cell phone recycling in 2011. The program I mentioned to provide calling cards to soldiers was  "Cellphones for Soldiers."  Go to www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com for the details.  This organization was founded by teenagers Brittany  and Robbie Bergquist in 2004.  Proceeds from this effort have provided more than 170 million free minutes to our soldiers who are overseas, allowing them to stay in touch with their families.  The organization provides drop-off points all over the country, partnering with businesses and organizations. They can also provide a bag that can be used to mail cellphones to them for recycling.  

 Your other options are still about the same. You can recycle your old phone through the Daily American. Funds generated help to support our Newspaper In Education (NIE) Program.  This program provides free newspapers to classrooms around the county. Drop the phone off at our office during normal business hours. Call Wendy Stemple, my wife at 814-444-5920 if you have any questions.  

 Finally, you can also check with your local school. PTA's or other school organizations sometimes offer a recycling service as a way to raise funds. Check with your favorite charity, as well.

 Our thanks to the reader who asked this question.  Here's where to send your comments or inquiries:

 At Your Service, Rob Stemple, Daily American newsroom, P.O. Box 638, Somerset, PA 15501 or email brianw@dailyamerican.com.

 (Rob Stemple is Community Outreach and Rehabilitation Liaison for Somerset County Blind  Center (SCBC); a Division of the Susquehanna Association for the Blind and Vision Impaired  (SABVI).  He is available to speak to school and civic groups, churches, etc. Rob is a member  of Apostles Creed, a Contemporary Christian group based at Unity United Church of Christ that  provides music for community events and fundraisers.  Call him at 814-445-1310 or send an email to rstemple@somersetblind.org for additional information.)

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