Advanced Disposal is teaming up with the Clay County Department of Environmental Services and Cell Phones for Soldiers to collect residents’ used cell phones in honor of Veterans Day and in the spirit of America Recycles Day. The proceeds from the recycled cell phones will provide soldiers serving overseas with prepaid calling cards to communicate with their families back home.

During the week of November 7, Advanced Disposal will place Cell Phones for Soldiers donation bags inside customers’ recycling containers throughout Clay County in hopes of collecting cell phone donations in honor of Veterans Day. Residents can simply place an old, unwanted cell phone inside the envelope, seal it up and leave it in their mailbox. There is no postage necessary and no charge to the participant. Each donated cell phone provides a soldier overseas with 60 minutes of prepaid calling service so they may phone their families back home.

Since January of 2009, Advanced Disposal has collected 2,945 phones, resulting in 176,700 minutes of talk time for troops.  With the contributions from Clay County residents, that number will grow even higher.

“This program joins two causes that are very important to Advanced Disposal – supporting our veterans and encouraging recycling,” said Advanced Disposal’s Chief Marketing Officer Mary O’Brien. “With Veterans Day on the 11th and America Recycles Day is on the 15th, we hope everyone in Clay County will take the time to recycle their old cell phones knowing that it provides much needed holiday cheer for our soldiers.”

In addition to the envelopes being placed in customers’ recycling containers, Advanced Disposal will coordinate inner-office drop boxes at all Advanced Disposal locations in the area. If your business or organization would like to participate or donate old cell phones, please email Advanced Disposal at for the closest Advanced Disposal drop-off location or additional recycling envelopes.  

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About Advanced Disposal Services, Inc. 

Advanced Disposal is the fourth largest privately-owned environmental services company in the United States providing integrated, non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, recycling and disposal services in the Southeastern United States. Advanced Disposal currently owns and operates commercial, industrial, and residential solid waste collection operations, municipal solid waste landfills, transfer stations, and recycling facilities.  Advanced Disposal is dedicated to preserving the environment and ensuring that all operations are conducted in a manner that follows all local, state, and federal laws in regards to environmental protection.  Advanced Disposal is headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. and has operations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina.

About Cell Phones for Soldiers

Cell Phones for Soldiers was created by Brittany & Robbie Bergquist of Norwell MA. After reading a story about a soldier who ran up a huge phone bill calling home from Iraq, these two teenagers decided to help out. They started by opening an account with $21.00 of their own money. They are collecting cash donations and old cell phones. The cell phones are recycled for cash and the proceeds are used to buy prepaid calling cards for our soldiers serving in the Middle East. Cell Phones For Soldiers is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Their efforts have motivated people and businesses around the country to donate to this worthy cause. Their goal is to provide every US soldier with a way to call home for free. For more information, please visit