Recycle My Cell is a national recycling program that was created by the CWTA (Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association). For the second year they’ve raised awareness of recycling old and unwanted devices through a school initiative, in conjunction with Waste Reduction Week, called “Recycle My Cell Student Challenge”. The objective is for participating schools to collect as many cell phones/batteries/accessories as they possibly can. In 2010 the number of phones collected totaled 4,000, but this year the number bolted upwards to “more than 6,000 wireless devices and close to 600 kilograms of wireless accessories and batteries”. That’s a whole lot of devices – would be cool to see what was returned. Probably a bunch of Palm devices, possibly old BlackBerry smartphones that had the trackball, perhaps even first-gen Androids.
Bernard Lord, President & CEO of the CWTA, stated that “The level of enthusiasm and participation by students in the 2011 Challenge was truly amazing. These young Canadians have a great understanding of how important programs like Recycle My Cell are to our environment.”