ACAP Cape Breton is encouraging schools across Nova Scotia to register for the 4th Annual Recycle My Cell Student Challenge. During the challenge, which runs between October 21 and November 22, students in participating schools are encouraged to recycle their old cell phones and accessories for the chance to win money for their school.
Recycle My Cell is a national free recycling program for cell phones, smartphones, wireless PDAs, pagers, as well as their batteries and accessories. Led by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) along with its members (wireless manufacturers and service providers), Recycle My Cell increases consumer awareness of the recycling initiatives currently provided by service providers and manufacturers. The goal of this program is to minimize the number of handsets entering Canada’s landfills.
The program challenges schools to recycle as many old wireless devices and accessories as possible between October 21 and November 22. In addition to doing a good thing for the environment, students could also win $500 for their school to put toward green initiatives.
Registered schools will receive a free Recycle My Cell recovery box for collecting phones. After the challenge ends on November 22, schools will be required to ship the box back to Recycle My Cell by December 6. The winning school in each province and territory will be announced in February.
“The Recycle My Cell challenge is part of our Waste Reduction Week activities,” notes Susan King, Executive Director at ACAP Cape Breton. “In addition to promoting the proper recycling of cell phones, students have the added incentive of potentially winning a lot of money for their school.”
ACAP Cape Breton is a non-profit, charitable community organization that integrates environmental, social and economic factors into projects focusing on action, education and ecosystem planning. For more information, phone 567-1628.