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.
Laptops & Notebooks
Digital Video Cameras
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
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.