MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

October 10, 2013

Donate old cellphones to a good cause

This new electronic age we live in has made our lives easier in many ways. But one of the downsides is what happens when our gadgets get old.

A study reported what happened when cellphones were put through a standard EPA test, simulating conditions inside a landfill. All of them leached hazardous amounts of lead — on average, more than 17 times the federal threshold for what constitutes hazardous waste.

That is why recycling them is so important. And this month, by donating your unwanted cellphones, you not only could do more than save the environment — you could save a life.

A cellphone can often save the life of someone who has been abused, area advocates say.

District attorneys’ offices around the state will accept cell phone donations this month, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The phones go to HopeLine, a Verizon Wireless program that repurposes old phones for emergency calls.

Personal information is wiped from the phones. They are then refurbished or disassembled, with their parts sold to help domestic violence awareness organizations.

We urge you to donate your old cellphones to this cause.

You can help

HopeLine phone donations

• Muskogee County Courthouse, 220 State St. Phone: (918) 682-3374.

• Muskogee Women in Safe Home, 514 W. Martin Luther King St. Phone: (918) 682-7879.

Information on where to take an old phone is available from these area DA’s offices:

• Muskogee County, (918) 682-3374.

• Cherokee County, (918) 456-6173.

• Wagoner County, (918) 485-2119.

• McIntosh County, (918) 689-2566.

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