If you aren't using those old cell phones, tablets, and laptops, chances are they can be put to good use somewhere. Since most modern electronics are made using copper, precious metals, the rare mineral coltan (which endangers gorillas of the Congo when mined - listen to Jane Goodall explain here), and plastics, there's plenty that can be recycled as well.
Only a fraction of all cell phones produced are currently being recycled. Plus, lots of charities are partnering up with electronics refurbishing companies and other organizations to boost their funds while keeping these outdated items out of landfills. Come take a glance at the results we found searching for 100 ways to donate our old electronics - you might be surprised at some of them!
These organizations accept electronics donations to benefit active duty military, their families, and veterans in a variety of ways:
Cell Phones for Soldiers accepts used cellphones to be refurbished and resold. A percentage of the profits goes toward buying prepaid minutes for soldiers overseas to call their families here at home.
Local drop-off locations and mailing info can be found by checking their site for details.
Wounded Warrior Project accepts gifts in-kind items including laptops, office supplies, and certain types of exercise equipment. Please explore their website for further information.
The Purple Heart Foundation accepts donations of clothing and household items, including small appliances and electronics, based on local need. Contact their local numbers on their site to find out if you can drop off your electronics, or if you can schedule a pick-up.