Weapons Station housing residents urged to recycle old phones



by Linda Miller
Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station housing chief


7/13/2011 - JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Family housing residents on Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station already participate in reducing waste in landfills by recycling paper, cardboard, plastic, glass bottles and containers. Now they can take a step toward eliminating another item cluttering their drawers: cell phones.

Once thought of as non-recyclable, cell phones can now be collected and converted into a wide range of products and materials. In partnership with TerraCycle, a company specializing in up-cycling or recycling phones into new eco-friendly products, Balfour Beatty Communities will provide collection points for residents to drop off their used phones. The phones will be sent to TerraCycle, eliminating waste in landfills and reducing the need to extract new raw materials from the planet.

Some of the products Terracycle makes from up-cycled or recycled materials include everyday consumer items such as bags and backpacks, gardening supplies, office supplies and even toys.

An added benefit is that for every unit of waste collected and sent to TerraCycle, a donation will be made to Goose Creek High School.

To participate, all residents have to do is drop off their broken or unused cell phones in the appropriate bin at the Community Center or Community Office on JB CHS - WS.
For more information about the program, contact Balfour Beatty Communities at 797-5631.