Stephens College has expanded its campus-wide sustainability effort to include a cell phone recycling bin.
The new initiative is through Midwest Recycling Center (MRC), which collects broken, unwanted and outdated phones and pays the College for them.
The new effort comes on the heels of a $75,000 grant the Missouri Department of Natural Resources awarded the College in 2013 for recycling containers to be stationed all around campus. The College has recorded a significant increase in the tonnage of material collected, Project Manager Richard Perkins said.
“We have an evolving recycling program that is part of a fluid sustainability effort,” he said. “Whenever opportunities present themselves and funding is available, the College will start an initiative.”
The cell phone recycling program is simple. Students, faculty and staff can drop any cell phone or phone accessories into one of the secure containers located in Stamper Commons, by the Stamper Studio in Windsor Lounge or by the Stars Café in the Learning Center.
MRC will collect the bins and clear any existing data from the phones. Where appropriate, MRC will refurbish or strip phones of recyclable materials.
“We’re happy to participate in a program that lets us keep old unwanted phones from going into trash cans and ultimately landfills,” Perkins said.
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