Recycle My Cell, Canada's recycling program for mobile devices and accessories, has announced that registration for the fourth annual Recycle My Cell Student Challenge is now open.
The Challenge calls on all students from K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions across Canada to collect old wireless devices, including cell phones, smartphones, wireless PDAs, pagers, accessories and cell phone batteries for a chance to win prize money for their school to be used towards environmental initiatives.
As the national sponsor of Waste Reduction Week in Canada, Recycle My Cell will kick off the Student Challenge on October 21, 2013. Running until November 22, 2013, the Challenge will see thousands of Canadian students helping to reduce the amount of e-waste that goes into Canadian landfills, and also raise awareness about the importance of cell phone recycling.
The school in each province and territory that collects the most cell phones (based on school population) will be awarded $500 to be used towards a school environmental project. All schools and post-secondary institutions can register at http://www.wrwcanada.com/recycle_my_cell. Recycle My Cell will provide everything needed to easily set up a Recycle My Cell collection site. Upon closing of the Challenge onNovember 22, participating schools can drop off their boxes at any Canada Post location for free shipping.
In 2012, more than 4,000 cell phones and more than 270 kilograms of wireless accessories and batteries were collected through the Challenge.
"Waste Reduction Week in Canada is about building awareness around consumer behaviour, sustainable consumption, and waste reduction," said Jo-Anne St. Godard, Executive Director of the Recycling Council of Ontario and spokesperson for Waste Reduction Week in Canada. "With more than 27 million Canadians acquiring a new cell phone every two-and-a-half years, this program provides an important call to action that ensures every device is reused or properly recycled."