Lions Dave Nash and John Vogt show where people can bring their unwanted cell phones

Recycle for reuse

The Lions and Shoppers Drug Mart joined forced to recycle

Sooke Lions executives; directors Dave Nash and John Vogt  set up recycling boxes at Shoppers Drug Mart for their opening ceremony on Monday, Jan. 9.

The “blue box” will recycle hearing aids, glasses and cell phones. Once a month, the materials will be unloaded from the drugstore and redistributed. The hearing aids and glasses will be forwarded to Lions International and then shipped to foreign countries to help those who are not able to afford those necessities.

Vogt asks the public to please recycle these items and help those in need, in the global community as well as in the local community.

“This will be a fund raising project and the funds received will remain in Sooke,” said Vogt.

Cell phones may contain toxic materials, which can leak out into the environment through landfill or incineration.

We can reduce the damage to the environment and human health, by recycling your cell phone in the “blue box” explains the Lions.

“We hope to have people not throw their cell phones in land fills,” said Vogt.

Customers are warned to remove the SIM card on the back of the phone before they recycle them for privacy reasons.