Got E-Waste? We’ll Take It.

Are we in the midst of an e-waste crisis? Eco-Cell believes so.

The Kentucky-based company dedicates itself to properly disposing of old, broken, and unwanted electronics, which contain toxins that can pollute the air and water when left in a landfill. Yet, these devices contain precious metals and other materials that could be reused and/or recycled.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is proud to be a new collection site for the company. In addition to helping reduce the environmental impacts from discarded electronics, the aquarium receives money for each device, which is directed into our educational and exhibit programs.

Our new collection bin. Pretty, isn't it?

Eco-Cell has a strict “no landfill” policy, which ensures that no part of any device sent to them ends up in a landfill. Instead, their goal is to reuse and sell as many parts as possible. To encourage organizations to join the effort, they pay $5-$50 for each device.

Below is a list of items Eco-Cell will accept, regardless of age or condition:

Cell phones
Cell phone accessories
Digital cameras
iPods and MP3 players
Handheld game systems
GPS handheld units
Portable hard drives

So, stop by our new collection bin inside the Galleria during your next visit or drop off your unwanted electronics at the ticket booth. This is a great way to support Birch Aquarium and help the environment!

Un-Fun Fact: There are more than 260 million cell phone users (85% of the population) in the U.S. alone with nearly 1 billion currently in retirement. It’s been estimated that only 10% of unwanted cell phones are recycled each year.

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  • Makaela
    March 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm


    Last time I checked Home Depot takes dead batteries and light bulbs to dispose of properly (near their returns desk I believe). Maybe worth a shot giving them a call and see if they still do that.

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