Sask­Tel ‘Phones for a Fresh Start’ cell­phone re­cy­cling drive

Moose Jaw Express.com - - Sports -

In cel­e­bra­tion of Earth Month, Sask­Tel an­nounced the launch of its sec­ond Phones for a Fresh Start cell­phone drive. Man­ag­ing to di­vert over 5,000 cell­phones and their ac­ces­sories from the land­fill last time, the drive seeks to do even bet­ter this year. “Phones for a Fresh Start is an amaz­ing pro­gram that has di­verted more than 106,000 cell­phones from our land­fills,” said the Hon­ourable Don Mor­gan, Min­is­ter Re­spon­si­ble for Sask­Tel. “With more than 600,000 un­wanted cell­phones es­ti­mated to be stored in Saskatchewan homes alone, I’m hop­ing that this Earth Month ev­ery­one in Saskatchewan will make the ef­fort to help keep our prov­ince green by tak­ing this op­por­tu­nity to get their un­wanted phones re­cy­cled.”

Be­gin­ning April 19 and run­ning through to April 30, Sask­Tel is en­cour­ag­ing any­one look­ing at get­ting rid of an un­wanted cell­phone to do­nate it to Phones for a Fresh Start by drop­ping it off at any Sask­Tel Store or Au­tho­rized Dealer. And, while the pro­gram ac­cepts do­na­tions year-round, those do­nat­ing dur­ing the drive will re­ceive a com­pli­men­tary Phones for a Fresh Start wrist band while sup­plies last. “E-waste is a grow­ing prob­lem, and most peo­ple are hold­ing onto two or more cell­phones in stor­age,” said Doug Bur­nett, Sask­Tel Act­ing Pres­i­dent and CEO. “We know that find­ing a place to re­cy­cle spe­cific items like cell­phones can be hard for peo­ple so by launch­ing this drive we’re try­ing to make it that much eas­ier. The last thing we want to see is those phones some­how end­ing up in land­fills.” Part­ner­ing with re­cy­cler EDI Inc., Sask­Tel uses the pro­ceeds gen­er­ated from cell­phones re­cy­cled through Phones for a Fresh Start to pur­chase pre-paid phone cards and new cell­phones that are then dis­trib­uted to those flee­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence through the Provin­cial As­soc. of Tran­si­tion Houses and Ser­vices of Saskatchewan (PATHS).

To date, the pro­gram has provided PATHS with more than 2,800 cell­phones and $71,000 in pre­paid cards since its launch in 2009.

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