SKOWHEGAN -- The Maine Elks Association, MCCP Private Sector Committee, is collecting used cell phones state-wide throughout the year for the purpose of raising money for the Maine Children's Cancer Program. The program is called "Phones to Fight Kids Cancer," and is being implemented statewide by Elks Lodges in the Maine Elks Association. For each phone they receive, the association will receive a monetary donation, which will be donated to the Maine Children's Cancer Program.
According to a new study by environmental research group Inform, people in the United States will soon be getting rid of about 130 million cell phones each year. While cell phones contain toxic materials such as arsenic, lead and zinc, which pollute our landfills, phones donated through this fundraising program are given new life by being rebuilt and sold to developing nations. Those phones that cannot be reused are recycled for their component parts according to EPA standards.
"We're very excited about this program," says Bob Godin, MCCP Private Sector Committee Chairman, "We just recently started this fundraiser locally and anticipate expanding this program throughout the state before the end of the summer. This cell phone recycling program not only benefits the children at Maine Children's Cancer Program but also assists in preserving the environment and bringing communications to people who could not otherwise afford it."
Used cell phones can be dropped off at any Elks Lodge in the State of Maine, or can be mailed directly to Bob Godin, P.O. Box 652, Skowhegan, Maine 04976. Godin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 399-0092.