National cell phone recycling initiative

The Charitable Recycling Program of Canada is encouraging the donation of used cell phones during Canada’s Environment Week, June 1 to 7, 2003. The program helps keep cell phones (and their toxic components) out of landfills while providing a monetary contribution to charities / community groups and communication technology to people who might not otherwise afford it thought the remanufacture and reuse of donated phones. As many as eight million cell phones are retired in Canada each year.

Donations can be mailed in, using a label available on the program’s web site ( Posters, sample announcement and other promotional literature are provided to program partners. The program also supplies collection bins and pays for the shipping of collected cell phones for large quantity collections.

For further information, contact Wendy Weis at 905-830-9607 or