KNIB collects cell phones for soldiers

Staff Report

cell phones in boxBoth Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycle Centers will be open on Saturday, May 28, to collect cell phones for soldiers in honor of Memorial Day. All cell phones received will be donated to the Cell Phones for Soldiers program.

“All cell phones dropped off for recycling on May 28 will be shipped to Cell Phones for Soldiers, a national non-profit that has provided more than 220 million minutes of free talk time to troops and veterans,” Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Executive Director Lori Gummow said. “That organization has recycled over 11. 7 million cell phones, reducing impact on landfills,” Gummow added. Cell Phones for Soldiers uses the proceeds from the donated phones to send prepaid international calling cards to troops to use overseas. Funds are also used to help provide aid to veterans in crisis situations.

The two volunteer-operated Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful recycling locations are at 4665 Hydraulic Road in Rockford and 13125 North Second Street in Roscoe. The Rockford site is open Tuesdays from 2-5 p.m. and both are open from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturdays. To volunteer, register online at or call 815-637-1343. There is also a list of items accepted for recycling on the website, as well as a “Green Guide” with safe disposal suggestions for many common household items.

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