Spring cleaning? I know a place for those old cell phones.

Tech Dump is the answer to my excess phone problem! According to Minnesota Business

With outlets in Golden Valley, Bloomington and St. Paul, Tech Dump is an e-waste recycler; its retail arm, Tech Discounts sells used and refurbished electronics.
Operating as a social enterprise, Tech Dump is staffed by people who face barriers to employment. In 2016, Tech Dump employed 76; their goal is to have 100 on staff by the end of this year.

Now Tech Dump has set an ambitious summer goal that will give it the funds to up the number of people it employs. It’s mounting an aggressive campaign to get your cell phones out of your junk drawer and into their hands to be recycled.

“We’ve set a goal of collecting one ton of cell phones. One ton!” LaGrange says. “That will fund 1,000 hours of job training.”

Cell Phone Summer kicks off on June 10th, with a party at the Tech Discounts Bloomington retail store. Tech Dump will accept cell phone donations at its three outlets all summer.

In addition, you can bring your old cell phone(s) to pop-up events at summer events around the Twin Cities. There will be collection bins at Twin Cities Pride, the St. Louis Park Parktacular, Junket Tossed & Found, the Mill City and Northeast Farmers Markets, The Bakken Museum, and all Arc Value Village stores. The campaign concludes with a collection bin and display in the Eco Experience Building at the Minnesota State Fair.

They’ll take anything…

“We want any cell phone—an old flip phone, a device with a broken screen. You think it might be trash, but it can be recycled,” LaGrange says.

They make it safe (for your data)…

LaGrange assures donors that the devices they give to Tech Dump will be efficiently and safely handled, with a guarantee that all data on the cell phones will be destroyed.

Now if I could just find a place for all of the random electrical cords in every corner!

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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