Donate Cell Phones and Rock The Earth

Donate Cell Phones and Rock The Earth

In the United States today, over one billion obsolete or used cell phones are kept hidden in drawers and lockers long after the owners forgot about those old devices. Every year, more than one hundred million mobile phones are replaced by users – less than twenty percent of these units are recycled or sent back to manufacturers for proper disposal. When you recycle or donate cell phones, you are helping not just the environment but non-profit organizations as well, to continue their beneficial work.

One organization stands out from among the various groups now running cellular phone collection and recycling drives across the country. Your cell phone donation will greatly help in Rock the Earth’s creative and vibrant approach to environmental advocacy.

What is Rock the Earth?

Rock the Earth (RtE), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working in tandem with the music industry to promote awareness of environmental issues and to help defend threatened ecosystems and communities in the United States. Every year, it holds a summer tour throughout the US where volunteer musicians perform and help focus public awareness on environmental issues and concerns.

Rock the Earth is currently working on several projects to help protect the environment and represent individuals and communities that are threatened by others. To mention a few, RtE is actively involved in helping: preserve roadless national forests from commercial encroachment; protect endangered wildlife in the United States from the dangers of pesticide; defend the portion of the Colorado River that flows through the Grand Canyon from commercial interests; advocate to force cruise companies to lessen the impact of their operations on the environment; and protect the rights of indigenous people in Nebraska from the effects of expansion of a large uranium mine in the area.

Rock the Earth’s upbeat and, well, musical approach to environmental advocacy has naturally attracted high-profile personalities in the music and entertainment industries. Alicia Keys and Kris Allen are both ardent supporters of RtE. Performers and groups like Sheryl Crow, Ozzy Osbourne, Ratdog, Keller Williams, Jack Johnson, Incubus, Bon Jovi, Bonnie Raitt and Disco Biscuits have at one time or another volunteered their time and talent to perform in RtE’s annual summer tour.

How you can help

Rock the Earth, has recently launched a mobile phone recycling drive to help create awareness of the dangers of improper disposal of cellular phones. As we all know, cellular phones dumped in landfills pose a potential danger to the environment and to our health because these can leak toxic heavy metals, like lead and mercury, to surrounding soil and underground water ways. You can help support their projects by visiting rocktheearth.org or you can donate cell phones at their mobile phone campaign web site rtephonedrive.com.

You might also want to become a member of RtE and be a part of a great movement of music lovers and environmental advocates worldwide. It’s not very often that you can find something that has no use to you anymore, but could mean so much to the environment. That cell phone gathering dust in your locker is one. Donate cell phones and let’s rock the earth, today.

Michael Arms submits articles on recycling and the environment to the Pacebutler Recycling blog. You can donate cell phones, and sell or recycle phones through Pacebutler Corporation, an Oklahoma-based mobile phone refurbishing and trading company.

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