Government-Approved Recycle My Cell Strengthens Commitment in Newfoundland and Labrador

by Istvan Fekete on October 21, 2013

The CWTA (Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association) has officially launched a government-approved recycling program for mobile devices that is available for both consumers and businesses in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Recycle My Cell is Canada’s national recycling program for mobile devices. It is a key player in the field, as it inks participating cell phone recycling programs together, making it easier for consumers to find out how and where they can dispose of their used wireless device.

The official Newfoundland and Labrador launch was marked during an event at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Corner Brook, in the presence of Bernard Lord, CWTA President and CEO, and Mike Samson, CEO of the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board.

“We know that the residents of Newfoundland and Labrador want to ensure they do the right thing. We are calling on all of you to pull your old cell phones out of your drawers and recycle them,” said CWTA President and CEO Bernard Lord. “The Recycle My Cell program, which is completely free of environmental handling fees for consumers, makes cell phone recycling simple, convenient and accessible to all.”

As the CWTA pointed out in a press release, the Recycle My Cell program has been operating in the province since 2009, and it has been able to recover almost 22,000 devices, including cell phones, smartphones, wireless PDAs, cell phone batteries, and pagers.

Since Recycle My Cell has become a government-approved program, this will strengthen its commitment to the management of electronic waste in the province by building upon its current 41 permanent drop-off centres in 15 communities.

“MMSB recognizes the important environmental leadership role that industry plays in responsibly recycling and disposing of the products they produce,” said Mike Samson, Chief Executive Officer of the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board. “We are very pleased to work in partnership with the wireless telecommunications industry to ensure Newfoundlanders and Labradorians can continue to participate in the Recycle My Cell program and help divert waste from our landfills.”

If you have one or more cellphones in your home or office you want to recycle, you can visit www.recyclemycell.ca or www.recyclemoncell.ca and simply enter your postal code to locate the 10 drop-off locations closest to you. If you are not able to visit any of the drop-off locations, you have the option to get postage-paid labels that can be printed and used to send your device to the program through the mail, for free.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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