Donating Electronics: A Fairy Tale

 

Once upon a time, you were cleaning out your closet when you stumbled upon an old Nokia brick phone - the kind with the stylish, interchangeable snap-on covers - and hold it up to examine it. It is a curious architectural artifact, a reminder of simpler times post "10-10-321" phone commercials and pre-"IDK, my BFF Jill."
 
"You don't need that anymore," I tell you.
 
"But what do I do with this old 1999 Nokia brick phone in my closet?" you ask innocently. 
 
"I was HOPING you'd ask that!" I yell enthusiastically, pulling magic out of the air and suddenly transporting you into a sparkly vortex of goodwill.
 
The Vortex of Goodwill contains a rainbow path lined with information on places you can donate your old electronics. Safe for the environment, de-clutters your closet, and best of all, you can help someone in need! YAY COMPASSION!
 
"It's better than I ever could have imagined," you say, beaming at me.
 
"You ARE imagining this!" I say, before a unicorn gallops down the rainbow path and whinnies out the useful information.
 
The Environmental Protection Agency maintains a list of legitimate places where you can donate or recycle your old electronics. You can find a comprehensive list on their website. Most of this is focused on recycling your electronics safely.
 
There are also places you can donate your electronics -- one of my favorite sites is Cell Phones for Soldiers, which is a program that uses discarded cell phones to give to overseas soldiers to call home for free. As someone who has traveled outside of the U.S. several times, I know how expensive it was to call home when I wasn't near a computer, so I can't even imagine how hard it must be for those soldiers who can't afford the astronomical phone bill to call their loved ones.
 
"Whether you're protecting the environment or helping someone in need, donating your electronics is the way to go," I say, before I evaporate into a glitter cloud that even Ke$ha would be jealous of.
 
Stay awesome!
 
Janelle