New phone for the holidays? Recycle your old one at this Germantown-based nonprofit

Antionette Lee
December 17, 2018 - 4:13 pm
From cellphones and tablets to used laptops and printers, PAR-Recycle Works will take it off your hands and recycle it.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's that time of year when a brand new iPhone X sits comfortably under the tree, and electronics of years past are purged to the curb.

But one Germantown-based nonprofit will take your dusty, old electronics off your hands and recycle them into useable scrap metals.

From cellphones and tablets to used laptops and printers, PAR-Recycle Works will take it all.

"Pretty much anything with a cord we will recycle, except large appliances," said Maurice Jones, operations manager at PAR-Recycle Works.

The organization not only helps the environment, but it holds "e-waste collection events for townships and municipalities outside the city."

"We will remove any data, sensitive material, hard drive memory — we'll take those things out," he added.

PAR is also committed to providing transitional employment for men and women who have been released from prison, like Dezmon Rogers.

He has been employed at PARS for more than a year, and he said it has been a place of stability for him.

"By you donating, it's a contribution to break the misconception and the stigma about people don't wanna make the transition," he explained. "Sometimes it's just opportunity when it presents itself."
  
The nonprofit will pick up your old stuff, or you can drop it off, which Kylie Wright of Philadelphia opted for.

"I thought that it would be worth it to drive 40 minutes from Fishtown to drop off my old computers and purge my basement at the same time as helping some people," she said.