Donated Cell Phones Mean Calls For Soldiers

By Melanie Posey

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Do you have any old cell phones sitting around?  A program called "Cell Phones For Soldiers" is asking you to mail them in.

Advanced Disposal, which is located in Hoover, is sponsoring the program in Alabama.  They're asking folks to donate their old phones either by mailing them in or leaving them in drop boxes.   The components of the phone are then turned into recyclable materials. The proceeds from those materials are then used to buy 60-minute calling cards for soldiers.

"I promise they have one or two or at least three cell phones sitting at their house that they've used; broken, maybe has water damage," says Roberto Rodriguez of Advanced Disposal.

"It doesn't matter what happened to it.  Just put it in the envelope and they can send it instead of throwing it away."

There are drop off boxes at the Hoover Public Safety Building on Valleydale Road and at the Hoover Municipal Building.  Or you can have a postage paid sent to you by contacting Advanced Disposal at 620-6148.