If you've received an Amazon shipment in the last month, you may have noticed a couple of these Cell Phones For Soldiers envelopes inside the box. By putting your old cell phone in one of these "prepaid" envelopes, it then gets sent to Recellular, a company which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each donated phone. With this money, Cell Phones for Soldiers purchases prepaid calling cards for U.S. troops and marines stationed overseas, with hopes of getting more than 12 million minutes of cards this year.
AT&T has already jumped on board by donating more than $500,000 to CPFS and now offers cell phone recycling drop-off sites at 1,800 store locations. To participate, your phone can be in any condition and does not need to have batteries, just throw it in the bag and send it off. Considering the harmful impact discarded cell phones have on our environment, I'm happy that there's a program making cell phone recycling effortless. And even better that it's being backed by Amazon!