Recycling initiative helping connect families

26 February 2009 — 2:00 PM

An older mobile could be used to pay for a charitable donation

A new initiative to recycle mobile phones in one US region has been hailed as a success, it has been reported.

The Evansville Courier & Press notes a number of people in the local area have traded in used mobiles to generate cash to provide the country's armed forces with phone cards.

It states these will be sent to troops serving abroad following a recycling initiative run by the Vincennes University.

So far, 208 handsets and 217 chargers have been collected on the institution's campus and these have been used to buy 208 one-hour phone cards - allowing soldiers the chance to contact family and friends back home.

Cindy Beals, director of student activities at the university, said: "This is a great way to support members of our armed forces, promote recycling and reduce the amount of trash going to landfills."

Of course, those in the UK can also generate cash for used mobiles by recycling them - and the money can be used as a charitable donation, or to help fund switching to the latest contracts.

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