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GetPaid2Recycle offers libraries, churches and non-profit organizations an opportunity to raise funds by recycling empty printer & fax cartridges as well as used cell phones & electronic equipment” followed by the learn more button
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How does the Get Paid 2 Recycle program compare to other recycling fundraisers?

 

Get Paid 2 Recycle continually strives to pay the highest overall payouts of any recycling fundraiser! That is, you earn more for every item you collect including broken cell phones.


Lastly, Get Paid 2 Recycle and its employees are committed not only to the success of your recycling fundraiser but to the environment as well. All of us at Get Paid 2 Recycle are proud of the fact that through our efforts (and those of the more than 5000 organizations like yours that participate in our program) more than 200 tons of electronic waste are recycled each year.

 

What does Get Paid 2 Recycle do with the consumer electronics and metals it collects?

 

Every phase of an Ink / Toner cartridge, cell phone or laptop's life cycle, from raw material extraction all the way to its end-of-life management, has the potential to impact our environment. For example, during the extraction phase, raw materials must be extracted from the earth, refined, transported and manufactured into products such as cell phones, laptops, and other consumer electronics. Each of these phases uses tremendous amounts of energy and creates pollution from the burning of fossil fuels. When the product reaches the end of its useful life, the best choice is to properly and safely recycle it putting it (or at least the majority of its components) back into use. That's where Get Paid 2 Recycle comes in.


More than 80% of all the electronics we receive are reusable and are therefore tested, reconditioned and sold within the United States. The revenue generated from the resale of used consumer electronics helps pay for our warehouse rent, our repair technicians and our ability to pay schools, churches and businesses for an ever increasing number and variety of used and eventually hazardous consumer electronics. We do not receive any State or Federal aid.

 

The remaining 20% are de-manufactured. And sent to refineries where metals and plastics are separated and recycled. Among metals that can be recovered are silver, gold, platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, ruthenium, indium, selenium, tellurium, antimony, tin, bismuth, arsenic and base metals such as lead, copper and nickel.

 

Is it true that Get Paid 2 Recycle pays for most items no matter what?

 

Yes, Get Paid 2 Recycle pays for EVERY item listed in the categories below no matter what - regardless of whether or not the item(s) work and regardless of whether or not the item's model number is listed on our price list.

 

Cell Phones

Laptops & Notebooks

MP3 Players

Digital Cameras

Digital Video Cameras

GPS Devices

Radar Detectors

Kindle & Sony Book Readers

 

That is, you earn cash for every cell phone, ink jet cartridge, laptop or notebook computer, MP3 Player (Apple iPod, Microsoft Zune, Creative or Scandisk), digital camera, digital video camera, handheld game system (Sony or Nintendo), GPS device (Garmin, Mio, Magellan or TomTom), radar detector (Escort, Beltronics or Cobra), Kindle or Sony book reader you collect including broken items or items not on our list. Prices on our list reflect working items only. Working electronics are electronics that, when tested by Get Paid 2 Recycle, power up, possess an undamaged LCD screen, make a test call (if applicable), have working internal components including the charge port and are not cracked or otherwise damaged. Non-Working items that appear on our price list will be credited 20% of the corresponding working price. Newer working and non-working electronics not included on our price list will be credited at competitive prices.

 

Get Paid 2 Recycle cannot pay for damaged or unlisted

Ink Cartridges

Toner Cartridges

 

What happens to any information stored in the cell phones and laptop/notebook computers?

 

Many of the cell phones we receive are destroyed and recycled. This process effectively destroys all information stored in the cell phones. In the event a cell phone is refurbished and resold for reuse each phone is 'flashed', i.e. software unlocks each phone enabling it to be reprogrammed. This process wipes the phone's memory clean and enables a new number to be assigned. However, Get Paid 2 Recycle strongly recommends that donors clear the memories on their cell phones of any sensitive private information before donating them. In addition, donors should always ensure the service on any cell phone they donate has been disconnected, to prevent fraudulent use. Get Paid 2 Recycle will not be responsible for any information left stored in the memories of phones donated or their fraudulent use.

 

Get Paid 2 Recycle removes and destroys (drills) any hard drives that are sent inside laptop or notebook computers. The hard drives are then sent to be crushed so that information cannot be recovered. Donors are welcome to remove their own hard drives before donating a laptop or notebook computer. Laptops and notebooks that are received without the hard drive will still be credited at the full listed price provided that the item is in working condition and has the hard drive caddy, connector and screws intact.

 

Do you accept accessories such as batteries and chargers, etc.?

 

As cell phone batteries account for the majority of harmful substances related to cellular phone waste Get Paid 2 Recycle encourages you to include phone batteries in your shipments. We would prefer not to receive all other accessories such as chargers, cases, ear microphones, etc. and we will charge back the shipping costs ($20) related to boxes that primarily contain accessories. We realize that individuals often donate the accessories with the phone and it is a well-intended gesture. Unfortunately, these accessories are often heavy / bulky and very expensive to ship. Our program cannot support the shipping and recycling costs of these items, which is why they are excluded from the program. Please recycle these items locally and responsibly.

 
Shipping Faqs  

Why are electronics so harmful to the environment?
Is shipping free?

 

Yes, shipping is free, provided you use the prepaid shipping labels available online or that we send you. There is no minimum shipment quantity, but pack your shipment in a sturdy box appropriate for the volume of material involved. Overstuffed or flimsy boxes may break open in transit and too large a container not only increases shipping costs but may also cause damage to the items shipped because they will rattle around while in transit. NOTE: To ensure prompt and accurate processing of your shipment(s) please clearly identify your organization's name, contact name, address and phone number either on the pre-paid shipping label(s) or a note inserted inside your box(s).


How do I schedule a free pick-up?

 

1.Box up your electronics . There is no need to individually wrap each item. We recommend separating 'layers' of items using newspaper. Please avoid using Styrofoam packing materials such as Styrofoam 'peanuts'. Styrofoam is a kind of plastic made from oil and will not break down in a landfill. You can use boxes provided by Get Paid 2 Recycle but we encourage you to use any sturdy office boxes your organization may have, e.g. copier paper and other office supply boxes. Reuse reduces waste and saves money.

 

2.Print a FREE prepaid shipping label online at UPS Shipping or request a label from our customer service department.

 

3.Affix the label to the box and schedule a FREE pickup by contacting UPS directly at 800-GO-UPS / 800-463-3339. NOTE: Please keep a copy of the tracking number(s) for your records. To ensure prompt and accurate processing of your shipment(s) please clearly identify your organization's name, contact name, address and phone number either on the pre-paid shipping label(s) or a note inserted inside your box(s).

 

How do I obtain more free pre-paid shipping labels?

 

You can print a FREE prepaid shipping label online at UPS Shipping or request a label from our customer service department.

 

Is there a special box I should use to ship the consumer electronics and cartridges we collect?

 

No. We recommend reusing any empty office boxes your organization may have, e.g. copier paper and other office supply boxes. Reuse reduces waste and saves money. There is no need to individually wrap items. We recommend separating 'layers' of items using newspaper. Please avoid using Styrofoam packing materials such as Styrofoam 'peanuts'. Styrofoam is a kind of plastic made from oil and will not break down in a landfill.

 
Payment Faqs  

When can my organization expect to receive payment?

 

Get Paid 2 Recycle will issue and mail your organization a check within 30 days of the shipment inspection date indicated on the confirmation email you will receive once the shipment has been inspected. This confirmation email will include an attachment that provides a breakdown of the contents of the shipment and indicate the payment amount. In addition, the email will indicate the mailing address we have on file and who / what organization the check will be made payable to. It is important that you review this email to ensure the information is correct. If any of the information needs to be corrected / updated, just reply to the email with the revised information.

 

Please ensure that we have the correct contact information / email address on file or these confirmation emails will not be received. It is also a good idea to put info@getpaid2recycle.com in your email address book to avoid our emails from being blocked by email filters.

 

What is the potential of a consumer electronics collection drive as a fundraising program?

 

We have had collection partners raise over $12,000 from a single drive and others raise less than $100. You are the only person who can assess this and we strongly encourage you to give it some thought. There are well over 100 MILLION retired cell phones and other electronics in the United States gathering dust in people’s homes and offices. Most people are quite happy to find a worthy cause to donate them to. Running a successful collection drive, however, is the same as running any successful fundraising drive. Your success will depend largely on the preparation and effort you put into it. Based on our experience with the most successful drives, we would suggest you consider incorporating at least some of the following elements into your Get Paid 2 Recycle collection drive:

 

Set an aggressive but achievable goal in terms of the number of items to be collected or dollars to be raised. Make sure people know what that is.

Utilize our marketing materials (Get Paid 2 Recycle Will Provide For You) and your own creativity to “get the word out”. People need to know you are collecting consumer electronics and jewelry and what the money you raise will be used for.

Find creative ways to challenge and motivate your core team of volunteers. Will they benefit directly from the funds raised? Would it be worthwhile to provide some sort of recognition or prize for those who collect the most items? Schedule regular get-togethers for individuals to bring in the items they have collected – make it a social gathering and have fun.

Determine what group of donors you wish to approach and determine the best way to address them – by letter, neighborhood door drops, email, through their children, in combination with some other event, etc. Don’t restrict yourself to the obvious. Employers often have a large number of surplus cell phones, how can you approach them to donate? Be creative and solicit other involved parties for suggestions.

Make use of the fact that the donations are tax deductible. Used electronics and jewelry have no value to most people. A tax deduction will provide them with value as well as a sense of having contributed to some worthy cause and protecting the environment.

Don’t rely on people to bring you their items, often they have trouble remembering. If someone indicates they have phones to donate offer to pick them up or find some convenient means for them to give them to you.

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