Flipswap helps landfills

THE FLIPSWAP PROGRAM collects used cellphones to be sent to Third World countries rather than landfills here.

THE FLIPSWAP PROGRAM collects used cellphones to be sent to Third World countries rather than landfills here.

THE FLIPSWAP PROGRAM collects used cellphones to be sent to Third World countries rather than landfills here.

The purpose of the Flipswap Program in local schools is to collect old cell phones from students, teachers, and family members.

Upon receiving the cell phones, Play N Trade Management sends all turned in phones to a partnered company called Flipswap. Our friends at Flipswap will then take the newer models, which charge still, refurbish them and take them to Third World countries to be used there.

All other phones will be broken down to dispose of all dangerous metals in a safe and green way, remaining pieces are recycled, reused by the refurbishing department.

The best part — every single cell phone brought into Play N Trade by people in our community will be reused and recycled, and for every phone a tree will be planted by Flipswap.

Where else can cell phones become trees?

Locally owned and operated, Play N Trade is hosting the flipswap program on an ongoing basis, and it is open to everyone in our community, as well our stores in Campbell River and Duncan will be participating as well.  More recent models of cell phones may be worth a store credit for the customer.

Since March Play N Trade has been running this pilot project in the valley, and the  participation from our schools made it successful.  A very special mention to Aspen Park Elementary, Miracle Beach Elementary, Arden Elementary, Royston Elementary, and École Robb Road Elementary.

These participating schools, along with a few other schools in the valley donated over 1,000 cell phones in total, meaning at least 1,000 trees will be planted, and 1,000 cell phones will not be in our land fill.

Upon starting the flipswap program, students were encouraged to participate, not only because they are being environmentally responsible, but Play N Trade was offering prized for all participants.  Some of the smaller prizes were T-shirts, hats, lanyards and personal in store party credits for our players club for up to six kids.

The grand prize was the free giveaway of two XBOX 360 four-gig consoles, with a full connect system. Our grand prize winners were Ryan, Dahlia and Amelia (sisters).

Play N Trade also does video game rentals, birthday parties, new and used video games, and trades for store credit on your used video games and consoles.

— Play N Trade

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