Birchwood students recycle their way to winnings

Kayla Woodside
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Cali Jarvis, a Grade 8 student at Birchwood Intermediate in Charlottetown, and school youth worker, Michelle MacDonald, are pleased with the school's efforts during the Recycle My Cell campaign.

School takes prize for most cellphones collected in Recycle My Cell program

When the time comes to chuck away an old cellphone and invest in a newer, faster, more up-to-date one, people usually go to their cellphone provider to have it thrown away.

But students around the Island took their part in recycling a step further with Recycle My Cell, a nationwide cellphone and accessories recycling contest for elementary and junior high students.


This year, Birchwood Intermediate took the prize for most phones collected.

“It’s our fourth challenge and the level of engagement has been fantastic, we’re really proud of our student challenge,” said Ashlee Smith, a communications manager for the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association.

She said the company wanted to engage the students around Canada to show them how to recycle old cellphones responsibly.

Dave Campbell, an educational assistant at Birchwood, said it was the first year the school has taken part.

“The kids had a lot of fun with it and it falls in line with recycling week in November. We’re trying to impress upon the kids that it’s a safe way to dispose of information,” he said.

Campbell said the kids need to know how to dispose of phones when information like banking information and social insurance numbers are on the devices as well as what happens to the phones after people throw them away.

“As an educational component we’ve also shown the kids where some of these devices end up in Third World countries,” Campbell said.

The school got a $500 prize for the 232 phones and accessories collected.

The winnings will go toward the school’s environmentally friendly projects like the diversity garden.

The diversity garden holds flags from different countries within the flowers.

“It’s pretty amazing how much we filled up with all the cellphones and stuff.

I didn’t believe we would be able to make it,” said 13-year-old Cali Jarvis, a Grade 8 student at Birchwood.

Jarvis is proud of the school for winning the contest.

“When you think about it, how many people have had cellphones in the past years, we saw it all outside the office. It’s pretty amazing,” she said.

Organizations: Birchwood, Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association.She, Campbell said.The school

Geographic location: Iceland, Canada

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