Friday, April 06, 2007

Cell phone recycling to help the visually impaired!

A NEW mobile phone recycling scheme to benefit visually impaired children has been launched.
Kent Libraries are working together with the Kent Association for the Blind (KAB) to start the scheme across the county's 106 libraries.

Library customers will be able to collect special pre-paid envelopes at issue desks, which can hold up to three handsets.

They can post them free-of-charge to KAB, who will send the handsets on to developing countries where they can be reused.

A small amount of money will be raised for KAB for each handset sent on, which the group will use to fund voluntary projects, including Kent Talking Newspapers and a new toy library for visually impaired children in the county.

Kent County Council cabinet member for Community Services Mike Hill, said: "This scheme is an excellent way to recycle unwanted mobile phones and it will really benefit those in developing countries where such items are useful but well beyond the means of many people.

"I hope that many of Kent's residents will have old handsets spare, particularly as they may have bought new ones but have not been sure how to dispose of the old ones."

Any handsets donated should be in good working order with the SIM cards removed.
For further information please contact your local library.


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