Convert phones into homes
High School Senior Mackenzie Merriman invites people in and around River Falls to finally discard their old cell phones in a way that protects the donor and environment plus benefits the St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity.
Merriman's 'phone-to-homes' drive runs now through March 31. People may bring their old cell phones to one of several collection boxes in the community:
- St Bridget's Catholic Church, 211 E. Division St.
- First Congregational UCC, 110 N. Third St.
- SCV Habitat for Humanity, 116 E. Elm St.
- Habitat Restore, 901B N. Knowles Ave. in New Richmond.
Merriman pursues a service-learning scholarship for college through the local Lions and Rotary clubs and organized the fundraising project as a part of the effort.
She chose the 'phone-to-homes' because it protects the environment, helps hardworking local families build their own home, and de-clutters countless junk drawers.
The drive accepts phones of any type or age -- working or not. Merriman and SCVHFH Resource Development Manager Peter Morsch say they've partnered with top-notch recycler Vintage Tech. The company is certified as an R2 and e-Stewards recycler.
Morsch said that means, "They adhere to the highest standards in the recycling industry and ensure that these donated phones are handled with care and the non-recyclable components are disposed of properly -- important to us here at Habitat."
The local Habitat will receive $2.50 for each pound of recycled components. If the drive collects 35 pounds of old phones in each box, it will generate about $500 for building affordable homes.
Merriman urges: "So clean out your junk drawers and safely recycle with Habitat!"
Learn more about the St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity at its website: www.scvhabitat.org.